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Basic characteristics of a newly developed Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical imaging

Kawachi, Naoki; Watanabe, Shigeki; Sato, Takahiro; Arakawa, Kazuo; Takeda, Shinichiro*; Ishikawa, Shinnosuke*; Aono, Hiroyuki*; Watanabe, Shin*; Yamaguchi, Mitsutaka*; Takahashi, Tadayuki*; Shimada, Hirofumi*; Yoshida, Yukari*; Suzuki, Yoshiyuki*; Sakurai, Hideyuki*; Nakano, Takashi*

The Compton camera is a very promising medical imaging system when we consider multiple radionuclide imaging and its sensitivity, portability and compactness. We have developed a Compton camera by using Si and CdTe semiconductors for medical imaging. The prototype Compton camera head consists of a double-sided Si strip detector (DSSD) module as the scatter detector and four layered 16 CdTe pixel detector modules as the absorber detector. The DSSD has an area of 2.56$$times$$2.56 cm, a thickness of 500 $$mu$$m and a strip pitch of 400 $$mu$$m. The CdTe pixel detector has an area of 1.35$$times$$1.35 cm, a thickness of 500 $$mu$$m and a pixel size of 1.35 mm$$^{2}$$. The high-energy resolution detectors (DSSD: $$Delta$$E/E$$sim$$2.5%, CdTe: $$Delta$$E/E$$sim$$1%) enable detect the Compton scatter events of the incident $$gamma$$-rays, in consequence image radioactive multi-nuclide tracer. We evaluated distributions of sensitivity and spatial resolution, and rat study was performed with three tracers ($$^{111}$$In, $$^{131}$$I, $$^{64}$$Cu) concurrently-administered. As results, lines of point-source data indicated 4 mm spatial resolution in the center of field of view (FOV) in this experimental design, and a characteristic manner of the distributions in the Compton camera FOV was shown. The nuclides in the rat body were distinguished by the $$gamma$$-ray energies, each tracer imaged separately in vivo, and the difference in distribution among the nuclide was visualized successfully.



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