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Influence of phantom size, shape, and density, and collimator selection on the dual photopeak window scatter correction method [SPECT]

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3 Author(s)
Hademenos, G.J. ; Dept. of Nucl. Med., Massachusetts Univ. Med. Center, Worcester, MA, USA ; King, M.A. ; Ljungberg, M.

Results from a Monte Carlo investigation are presented for the application of the dual photopeak window (DPW) scatter correction method to phantom geometries of varying shapes, sizes, and densities as well as to several collimators. A Monte Carlo program was used to simulate a Tc-99m point source at locations of 0.5 cm from the phantom surface, at the center, 0.5 cm from the bottom, and 4/5 the distance lateral from the center for each case of variation. DPW was then used to correct for scatter using a regression relation determined for a 30.5 cm×23.0 cm water-filled elliptical tub phantom using an ultrahigh resolution collimator. The application of DPW in all cases accounted for an approximate twelve-fold reduction in scatter fraction with an excellent agreement between the true scatter and scatter estimate distributions both at the tails and under the peak of the point spread functions

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 1 )