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Three-dimensional and multienergy $$gamma$$-ray simultaneous imaging by using a Si/CdTe Compton camera

鈴木 義行*; 山口 充孝; 小高 裕和*; 島田 博文*; 吉田 由香里*; 鳥飼 幸太*; 佐藤 隆博; 荒川 和夫*; 河地 有木; 渡辺 茂樹; et al.

Radiology, 267(3), p.941 - 947, 2013/06

 被引用回数:6 パーセンタイル:65.06(Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging)

Capabillity tests of 3D imaging for medical applications were performed by using a new Compton camera. $$^{18}$$F, $$^{131}$$I and $$^{67}$$Ga separately compacted into micro tubes were injected subcutaneously into a Wister rat and imaged after sacrifice of the rat (ex-vivo model). In a separate experiment $$^{111}$$In-chloride and $$^{131}$$I-Methylnorcholestenol were injected into a rat intravenously and $$^{64}$$Cu was injected into the stomach orally just before imaging (more physiological model). The Compton camera demonstrated its 3D multinuclear imaging capability by separating out the three nuclear distributions clearly in ex-vivo model. In the more physiological model, the distributions of $$^{131}$$I and $$^{64}$$Cu were clearly imaged although $$^{111}$$In was difficult to visualize due to blurring at low energy region of $$gamma$$-ray. In conclusion, our new Compton camera successfully demonstrated highly resolved multiplanar and multinuclear $$gamma$$-ray simultaneous imaging.

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An Evaluation of three-dimensional imaging by use of Si/CdTe Compton cameras

山口 充孝; 長尾 悠人; 河地 有木; 藤巻 秀; 神谷 富裕; 小高 裕和*; 国分 紀秀*; 武田 伸一郎*; 渡辺 伸*; 高橋 忠幸*; et al.

Proceedings of 2013 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference Record (NSS/MIC), 3 Pages, 2013/00

A Monte Carlo simulation system was developed to estimate the response of Compton camera against $$gamma$$-ray emissions from RI spots in a PET-standard human-body phantom. The quality of the three-dimensional imaging program for the Si/CdTe Compton camera to reconstruct the image of the RI spots in a phantom was evaluated by the system, when the phantom has three hot sphere-regions with the same known RI density and different diameters, in other words, different known intensities. The density values of the hot regions reconstructed by the three-dimensional imaging program for the Compton camera were consistent to the known intensities of the RI. It demonstrates sufficient quality of the program for Si/CdTe Compton camera to image RI spots in the phantom.

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A New method for monitoring beam range by measuring low energy photons

山口 充孝; 鳥飼 幸太*; 河地 有木; 島田 博文*; 佐藤 隆博; 長尾 悠人; 藤巻 秀; 国分 紀秀*; 渡辺 伸*; 高橋 忠幸*; et al.

Proceedings of 2013 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference Record (NSS/MIC), 2 Pages, 2013/00

We studied a new method to monitor a beam range in heavy-ion radiation therapy on the basis of measurement of low energy photons emitted from a track of the ion beam. A 290 MeV/u carbon beam was injected into a cylindrical water phantom. A CdTe semiconductor detector with a lead slit having a width of 2 mm was placed at a side of the phantom. In order to measure the position dependence of the low energy photon count, the beam range was varied by changing the energy of injected ions using a binary energy degrader placed about 100 cm upstream of the beam focal point. The measured photon count decreased when the detector got closer to the end point of the beam range and the derivative of the photon count values sharply changed within a depth variation of a few mm in front of the range position. This was explained by our theoretical study assuming secondary electron bremsstrahlung. These results indicate that this new method could be useful to estimate the range position from the observation of bremsstrahlung with an accuracy of a few mm.

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Applications and imaging techniques of a Si/CdTe Compton $$gamma$$-ray camera

武田 伸一郎*; 一戸 悠人*; 萩野 浩一*; 小高 裕和*; 湯浅 孝行*; 石川 真之介*; 福山 太郎*; 齋藤 新也*; 佐藤 有*; 佐藤 悟朗*; et al.

Physics Procedia, 37, p.859 - 866, 2012/10

 被引用回数:10 パーセンタイル:3.12

ASTRO-Hミッションのために開発されたSi/CdTe半導体両面ストリップ検出器(DSD)を利用したコンプトンカメラを用い、放射線ホットスポットのモニタリングの実行可能性チェックを目的とした複数放射線源の画像化実験を行った。本装置は半導体検出器によって与えられた良好なエネルギー分解能により、既に商業的な画像処理システムが提供するホットスポットの画像可能力に加え、複数の放射性同位元素を同定する能力を有する。今回の実験では、$$^{133}$$Ba(356keV), $$^{22}$$Na(511keV)及び$$^{137}$$Cs(662keV)の三放射性同位元素を同時に測定し、これらの画像化に成功した。5つの検出器モジュール(有効面積: 1.7$$times$$10$$^{-3}$$cm$$^2$$)を積み重ねることによって、662keVの$$gamma$$線に対し、検出効率1.68$$times$$10$$^{-4}$$、及び、3.8度の角度分解能を確認した。本装置は、より多くの検出器モジュールをスタックすることにより、さらに大きな検出効率を達成することが可能である。

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Beam range estimation by measuring bremsstrahlung

山口 充孝; 鳥飼 幸太*; 河地 有木; 島田 博文*; 佐藤 隆博; 長尾 悠人; 藤巻 秀; 国分 紀秀*; 渡辺 伸*; 高橋 忠幸*; et al.

Physics in Medicine and Biology, 57(10), p.2843 - 2856, 2012/05

 被引用回数:12 パーセンタイル:46.99(Engineering, Biomedical)

We describe a new method for estimating the beam range in heavy-ion radiation therapy by measuring the ion beam bremsstrahlung. We experimentally confirm that the secondary electron bremsstrahlung process provides the dominant bremsstrahlung contribution. A Monte Carlo simulation shows that the number of background photons from annihilation $$gamma$$ rays is about 1% of the bremsstrahlung strength in the low-energy region used in our estimation (63-68 keV). Agreement between the experimental results and the theoretical prediction for the characteristic shape of the bremsstrahlung spectrum validates the effectiveness of our new method in estimating the ion beam range.

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Demonstration of in-situ relative calibration method for a Thomson scattering diagnostic on TST-2

東條 寛; 江尻 晶*; 平塚 淳一*; 山口 隆史*; 高瀬 雄一*; 伊丹 潔; 波多江 仰紀

Journal of Instrumentation (Internet), 7(4), p.P04005_1 - P04005_11, 2012/04

 被引用回数:3 パーセンタイル:76.27(Instruments & Instrumentation)

This paper presents experimental results of an in-situ calibration method for Thomson scattering diagnostics in the TST-2 spherical tokamak. Usage of a double-pass scattering configuration enables finding the ratio of the output signal from the first (back scattering) pass to that from the second (forward scattering) pass, which can be treated as an independent function of electron temperature. The temperature from this new method shows a good agreement with that obtained by a standard method (single pass). Relative sensitivities among spectral channels can be then obtained from the method without accessing the machines. The sensitivities from this new method correspond to the values obtained from direct measurements within 5% except for a spectral channel with a wide band-pass range. These results demonstrate feasibility of this new in-situ calibration method, which can be applied to Thomson scattering diagnostics in severe radiation condition.

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First measurement of electron temperature from signal ratios in a double-pass Thomson scattering system

東條 寛; 江尻 晶*; 平塚 淳一*; 山口 隆史*; 高瀬 雄一*; 伊丹 潔; 波多江 仰紀

Review of Scientific Instruments, 83(2), p.023507_1 - 023507_4, 2012/02

 被引用回数:9 パーセンタイル:46.82(Instruments & Instrumentation)

This paper presents a experimental demonstration to determine electron temperature ($$T_{rm e}$$) with unknown spectral sensitivity (transmissivity) in a Thomson scattering system. In this method, a double-pass scattering configuration is used and the scattered lights from each pass (with different scattering angles) are measured separately. $$T_{rm e}$$ can be determined from the ratio of the signal intensities without a real chromatic dependence in the sensitivity. This method was applied to the TST-2 Thomson scattering system. As a result, $$T_{rm e}$$ measured from the ratio ($$T_{rm e,r}$$) and $$T_{rm e}$$ measured from a standard method ($$T_{rm e,s}$$) showed a good agreement with $$langle |T_{rm e,r}-T_{rm e,s}|/T_{rm e,s} rangle$$= 7.3%.

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Three-dimensional imaging test for a head module of a Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical application

山口 充孝; 河地 有木; 神谷 富裕; 佐藤 隆博; 鈴井 伸郎; 藤巻 秀; 小高 裕和*; 石川 真之介*; 国分 紀秀*; 渡辺 伸*; et al.

JAEA-Review 2011-043, JAEA Takasaki Annual Report 2010, P. 145, 2012/01

現在、三次元撮像が可能な医学用コンプトンカメラとしてマルチヘッドコンプトンカメラシステムの開発を行っている。今回、システムの構成要素であるヘッドモジュールプロトタイプ機の製作を行い、Ba133点線源を用い性能試験を行った。測定結果は線源の位置を正確に反映し、点線源の撮像が問題なく可能であることを確認できた。測定データから見積もった装置の空間分解能は、シミュレーションスタディで得られている結果とよく一致した。装置近傍領域においては、検出器面に対して垂直方向の分解能も有することが、実験結果及びシミュレーション結果の両面から実証された。

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Development of head module for multi-head Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical applications

山口 充孝; 河地 有木; 鈴井 伸郎; 藤巻 秀; 神谷 富裕; 小高 裕和*; 石川 真之介*; 国分 紀秀*; 渡辺 伸*; 高橋 忠幸*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 648(Suppl.1), p.S2 - S7, 2011/08

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:86.3(Instruments & Instrumentation)

現在Si/CdTeコンプトンカメラを用いた、3次元撮像が可能な医学・生物学用のイメージングシステムの構築を進めている。このシステムは、数十keVから数MeVの広いエネルギー範囲において、高いエネルギー分解能及び空間分解能を有し、複数核種同時イメージングが可能であるという特徴を有する。これまでにカメラの近接領域においては、単一のカメラヘッドのみで、奥行き方向の情報を取得可能であることを、シミュレーションスタディを通して示してきたが、今回、実際に実機を用いて測定を行い、奥行き方向も含めた3次元情報が一台のヘッドのみで取得可能であることを確認した。また、得られた位置分解能が、シミュレーションスタディの結果とよく一致していることも確認できた。

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Counting rate performance measurement of newly developed Si/CdTe Compton camera for biological and medical applications

山口 充孝; 河地 有木; 神谷 富裕; 鈴井 伸郎; 藤巻 秀; 小高 裕和*; 石川 真之介*; 国分 紀秀*; 渡辺 伸*; 高橋 忠幸*; et al.

2010 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record (CD-ROM), p.2004 - 2007, 2010/10

In recent developed radionuclide-based imaging technologies utilized for biological and medical studies, wide dynamic range of radiation intensity with a good quantitative linearity is one of the most important factors. However, the linearity of a detector or a sensor generally breaks due to the dead-time increasing in high counting rate. Therefore, in case of an imaging camera, which is a large set of detectors, it is essential to measure the sensitivity profile of it varying with the radiation source intensity for correction of nonlinearity of each detector. Si/CdTe Compton camera is comprised of two layered double-sided Si strip detectors and two layered double-sided CdTe strip detectors with a four-layer laminated structure. For imaging, the source positions of $$gamma$$-rays are identified by analysing the deposited energies and the scattering angles from counted events in those of detectors. In this work, the Compton camera that was newly developed for biological and medical applications was investigated on the counting rate performance, and the sensitivity profile of this highly complicated imaging system was measured using a $$^{18}$$F point $$gamma$$-ray source. The intense source of 20 MBq was used to measure the sensitivity profiles for a wide range of counting rate in a short period. The result was compared with a calculation using a model considering the dead time of the detection system.

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ボーリングコア解析と$$^{14}$$C年代測定に基づく木曽川デルタの形成プロセス

大上 隆史*; 須貝 俊彦*; 藤原 治*; 山口 正秋*; 笹尾 英嗣

地学雑誌, 118(4), p.665 - 685, 2009/00

隆起・侵食は処分場の深度を減少させ、地下水流動系の変化を引き起こす可能性があるため、地層処分の長期安全性を評価するうえで考慮すべき重要な地質学的事象である。侵食量については、河川上流域の比較的狭い範囲を対象としてはダムの堆砂量を利用して見積もられているが、下流域から上流域までを含む広い範囲を対象としては行われていない。このような広い範囲を対象とする場合、侵食された土砂は河口付近の平野に堆積するため、そこでの堆積量を見積もることにより、侵食量を推定することができる。しかし、海岸沿いの平野は海水準変動の影響を強く受けるため、その形成プロセスは複雑である。そこで、海水準変動の影響を受けて形成された平野の事例として、濃尾平野の形成プロセスを検討した。具体的には、海岸からの距離が異なる複数のボーリングコアを用いて、堆積物の堆積相解析によって濃尾平野の地形地質断面を作成するとともに、多数の放射性炭素年代によって等時間面を求めた。この結果、海水準の上昇に伴って内湾が拡大したのに対し、海水準の下降に伴ってデルタが前進したことが明らかになるとともに、内湾の拡大速度とデルタの前進速度が示された。

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

河地 有木; 渡邉 茂樹; 佐藤 隆博; 荒川 和夫; 武田 伸一郎*; 石川 真之介*; 青野 博之*; 渡辺 伸*; 山口 充孝*; 高橋 忠幸*; et al.

2008 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record (CD-ROM), p.1540 - 1543, 2008/10

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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Monte Carlo simulation of multi-head Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical imaging

山口 充孝*; 河地 有木; 渡辺 伸*; 小高 裕和*; 武田 伸一郎*; 石川 真之介*; 青野 博之*; 高橋 忠幸*; 荒川 和夫; 中野 隆史*

2008 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record (CD-ROM), p.4000 - 4002, 2008/10

We have developed a prototype of Compton camera using Si/CdTe semiconductors for medical imaging. In the case where the detection area of Compton camera is restricted to small region, position resolution of depth direction is expected to be low. To overcome this weakness, we propose multi-head Compton camera. In this work, we evaluated the position resolutions of single- and double-head Compton camera by using Monte Carlo simulation. After the Monte Carlo simulation, two hit Compton event was selected, and back-projection and image reconstruction were performed in 3D-space. Consequently, the position resolution of the z-axis was about 5.6 mm for double-head camera whereas about 27 mm for single-head camera. These results indicate that the position resolution is improved and clear 3D-image is taken by using multi-head Compton camera.

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Gated multiple-sampling and tracking proportional chamber; New detector system for nuclear astrophysical study with radioactive nuclear beams

橋本 尚志; 石山 博恒*; 石川 智子*; 川村 隆史*; 中井 浩二*; 渡辺 裕*; 宮武 宇也; 田中 雅彦*; 渕 好秀*; 吉川 宣治*; et al.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 556(1), p.339 - 349, 2006/01

 被引用回数:27 パーセンタイル:10.36(Instruments & Instrumentation)

三次元の飛跡検出型の比例ガス検出器を開発した。ゲーティンググリッドの採用により、4$$times$$10$$^4$$個/秒の荷電粒子入射に対しても安定な性能を持続できる。ほぼ100$$%$$の検出効率を持つので、ビーム強度の弱い短寿命核ビームによる天体核反応率の測定実験に最適な検出器である。

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医用マルチヘッドSi/CdTeコンプトンカメラのモンテカルロシミュレーション

山口 充孝*; 河地 有木; 渡辺 伸*; 小高 裕和*; 武田 伸一郎*; 石川 真之介*; 青野 博之*; 高橋 忠幸*; 荒川 和夫; 中野 隆史*

no journal, , 

これまで、シリコン及びテルル化カドミウム半導体検出器を用いたコンプトンカメラの開発を行ってきた。このコンプトンカメラの検出器部分が1台の場合、検出面に相対するX-Y平面は半導体に微細構造を施した効果により良好な空間分解能が得られている。しかし、奥行き方向(Z軸)の分解能は、大幅な劣化が計測された。この欠点を解消するため、次世代の医用コンプトンカメラではマルチヘッド化を提唱し、モンテカルロシミュレーションによる分解能の評価を行った。その結果、Z軸のみならずX-Y平面におけるさらなる分解能の向上が示唆された。

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Performance characterization of a prototype Si/CdTe Compton camera

河地 有木; 渡邉 茂樹; 藤巻 秀; 石岡 典子; 佐藤 隆博; 神谷 富裕; 荒川 和夫; 渡辺 伸*; 武田 伸一郎*; 石川 真之介*; et al.

no journal, , 

The Compton camera is a next-generation in vivo imaging system. In order to achieve accurate Compton imaging, it is necessary to develop technologies that can be used to detect the Compton scattering in the camera and estimate the direction of a incoming $$gamma$$-ray produced by a radiation source. These techniques will be different from the methods used in PET and SPECT to detect the $$gamma$$-ray with the coincidence of two points and with the physical collimation. We have developed a prototype Compton camera for in vivo imaging by using semiconductor imaging devices, which has been proved to be successful techniques for the an observation of high-energy astrophysical phenomena. In this camera, double-sided Si strip detectors (DSSDs) serve as scatterers and CdTe pixel detectors serve as absorbers. In this paper, we present some images acquired with the Compton camera; we have also acquired images of radioisotopes in a phantom, which reveal certain characteristic distributions of efficiencies and spatial resolutions.

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Development of Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical imaging

山口 充孝*; 荒川 和夫; 青野 博之*; 石川 真之介*; 神谷 富裕; 河地 有木; 小高 裕和*; 櫻井 英幸*; 佐藤 隆博; 島田 博文*; et al.

no journal, , 

We have developed a prototype of Compton camera using Si/CdTe semiconductors for medical imaging. In a Compton camera, employing the imaging semiconductors as the component of the Compton camera, with their good energy and position resolution, improves angular resolution and hence sensitivity. Moreover, for the supposed energy range of $$gamma$$ rays, from several tens keV to a few MeV, silicon is suitable for the scatter of Compton camera since the photo absorption cross section of Si is small and the Compton cross-section is relatively large because of the small atomic number. On the other hand, CdTe is suitable for the absorbers because of its high photo-absorption efficiency for $$gamma$$ rays of this energy region, due to the large atomic numbers. In this presentation we will summarize the basic principle and performance of the Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical imaging.

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Monte carlo simulation of multi-head Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical imaging

山口 充孝*; 河地 有木; 渡辺 伸*; 小高 裕和*; 武田 伸一郎*; 石川 真之介*; 青野 博之*; 高橋 忠幸*; 荒川 和夫; 中野 隆史*

no journal, , 

We evaluated the position resolutions of single- and double-head Compton camera by using Monte Carlo simulation. A $$gamma$$-ray source was placed at the origin of rectangular coordinates. For single-head camera, one head was placed as its center axis was corresponding to the z-axis. For double-head camera, two heads were placed as those center axes were corresponding to the z- and y-axis, respectively. Monte Carlo simulations were performed by using the Geant4 toolkit on ANL PLUS framework. The energy of $$gamma$$ rays was set at 364.5 keV, which correspond to radiation of iodine-131. After these simulations, two hit Compton event was selected. And then back-projection and image reconstruction were performed in 3D-space. Image reconstructions were performed by using the List-Mode Most- Likelihood Expectation-Maximizing, LM-ML-EM, algorithm. Consequently, the position resolution (FWHM) of the z-axis was about 4.4 mm for double-head camera whereas about 15 mm for single-head camera. These values are consistent with the values roughly estimated by using angular resolution measure (ARM). These results indicate that the position resolution is improved and clear 3D-image is taken by using multi-head Compton camera.

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In vivo study of Si/CdTe Compton imaging device

吉田 由香里*; 島田 博文*; 河地 有木; 武田 伸一郎*; 石川 真之介*; 青野 博之*; 鈴木 義行*; 櫻井 英幸*; 渡辺 伸*; 山口 充孝*; et al.

no journal, , 

We have developed a prototype Compton camera for medical imaging by using Si/CdTe semiconductor imaging devices. The high detection efficiency for $$gamma$$-rays produced by radiation source in the medical imaging devices will improve quality of diagnostic radiological images using radiopharmaceuticals. The Si/CdTe Compton camera is a next-generation medical imaging device because it has good energy and position resolution, and high detection efficiency for $$gamma$$-rays. Moreover, it can be used not only to detect the $$gamma$$-rays produced by single radiation source, but also to detect the $$gamma$$-rays produced by multiple radiation sources. To evaluate the performance of the Si/CdTe Compton camera for medical imaging, we made an experiment of in vivo by using rat and plural radiopharmaceutical.

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Clinical application of Si/CdTe Compton imaging device

鈴木 義行*; 吉田 由香里*; 島田 博文*; 加藤 弘之*; 櫻井 英幸*; 河地 有木; 武田 伸一郎*; 石川 真之介*; 青野 博之*; 渡辺 伸*; et al.

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本研究は、現在開発を進めているSi/CdTeコンプトンカメラの医療への応用について検討したものである。本報告では、これまで開発を進めてきたプロトタイプ機を用い、ラットに投与した3核種($$^{111}$$In, $$^{131}$$I, $$^{64}$$Cu)のイメージング及びファントム実験結果について述べる。さらに、多核種同時イメージングによる新たな診断法及び微小な病変部位の精密診断法について述べるとともに、照射した重粒子イオンの体内位置のリアルタイムモニターによるがん治療の高精度化への期待と今後の臨床利用までの研究計画について述べる。

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