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Acquisition and calibration principles for ASPECT-A SPECT camera using digital position analysis

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2 Author(s)
Smith, A.P. ; Digital Scintigraphics, Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA ; Genna, S.

The design of the data acquisition and calibration procedures used in the nuclear medicine SPECT camera coined ASPECT (annular single-photon-emission computed tomography) is presented. ASPECT's unique detector is a stationary annular single-crystal NaI(Tl) scintillator used with a lightweight rotating collimator, which will provide 3-D imaging of the brain with up to sixfold improvement in sensitivity over conventional single-headed rotating gamma cameras. ASPECT is unique in other important respects. Signals from each photomultiplier are separately digitized on an event-by-event basis, with all position-analysis algorithms performed digitally. This results in significant differences from a conventional Anger camera, where the first determination of the position of a scintillation event is calculated using analog circuitry. Automated procedures enable quality control and total system calibration to be easily undertaken by the user.<>

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 1 )