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Two new strategies to increase the signal to noise ratio in positron volume imaging

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2 Author(s)
C. J. Thompson ; Montreal Neurol. Inst., McGill Univ., Montreal, Que., Canada ; Y. Picard

Two new hardware techniques which improve the scatter fraction of positron volume imaging (PVI) systems are presented. The first uses the fact that Compton scattered rays scattered through a large angle have a lower energy. The range of angles through which rays can be scattered and still be in the scanner field of view (FOV) depends on the radius of the line of response. By using a low-energy threshold which is proportional to the line of response's (LOR's) radius, the scatter fraction at the edges of the image is substantially reduced. The second technique is based on the observation that in NaI crystals many of the 511-keV rays are backscattered, and the scattered photon then escapes undetected. The use of a notched energy acceptance window, which includes the photo-peak and the backscatter peak, but discards the scattered events in between, is proposed

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 4 )