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Substantiative experiments of distortion correction for novel Si/CdTe Compton camera

Kawachi, Naoki; Yamaguchi, Mitsutaka; Nagao, Yuto; Suzui, Nobuo; Fujimaki, Shu; Kamiya, Tomihiro; Odaka, Hirokazu*; Kokubun, Motohide*; Takeda, Shinichiro*; Ishikawa, Shinnosuke*; Watanabe, Shin*; Takahashi, Tadayuki*; Torikai, Kota*; Shimada, Hirofumi*; Arakawa, Kazuo*; Suzuki, Yoshiyuki*; Nakano, Takashi*

In order to extend the application of Compton imaging to the fields of medicine and biology, the imaging quality and quantitatively of Compton camera systems must be improved by correcting and normalizing spatial distortions. Several techniques have been developed for correcting the imaging errors in radionuclide-based imaging systems used to quantitatively analyze target physiological functions. Spatial distortion can be corrected by integrating individually reconstructed peaks of imaging data obtained by a Compton camera with the peaks of point $$gamma$$ sources. To improve the efficiency distortion, the individual detector efficiencies are normalized by flat panel phantoms, which is equivalent to the image of efficiency map of the camera geometry. Currently, we are constructing a Si/CdTe Compton imaging system. The imaging system has high spatial and energy resolutions and a wide energy range. We performed imaging experiments by placing point $$gamma$$ sources of $$^{133}$$Ba (364 keV) and $$^{22}$$Na (511 keV) in a reticular pattern at intervals of 20 mm within an FOV in front of the camera. As a result, an intensity distribution map of each source and distorted images point source showing the forms of elliptical object around the corner of the FOV were obtained. Such a distortion is a marked characteristic of Compton imaging at near-field area of camera head for medicine and biology.



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