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Recursive calculation of the two-dimensional maximum likelihood position estimate for a scintillation camera

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5 Author(s)
X. Liu ; Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI, USA ; N. H. Clinthorne ; L. Shao ; K. F. Koral
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Maximum likelihood position estimation of a scintillation event in a gamma-ray imaging detector has been described using two independent one-dimensional estimates in x and y. This approximation is only valid when the sampled light-spread function is separable, and spatial distortion is observed when this constraint is violated. Recursive calculation of the 2-D position estimate using a sequence of one-dimensional estimates was investigated. Mean phototube response functions were computed from Monte Carlo simulations of the light-spread function, and position was estimated for scintillation events using recursive estimation. After three steps the maximum errors were |δx|=0.04 mm and |δy|=0.06 mm for the case of noise-free data and when mean response functions were known at each estimated location. Using response functions interpolated over 6-mm intervals gave increased distortion with average x and y errors of 0.097 and 0.082 mm, respectively

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 2 )