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We present a new standoff imaging technique able to provide 3-dimensional (3D) images of gamma-ray sources distributed in the environment. Unlike standard 3D tomographic methods, this technique does not require the radioactive sources to be bounded within a predefined physical space. In the present implementation, the gamma-ray imaging system is based on two large planar HPGe double sided segmented detectors, which are used in a Compton camera configuration. A LIDAR system is used in conjunction with the gamma-ray imaging system to confine the gamma-ray image space to the interior of physical objects situated within the detection range of the gamma-ray imager. This approach results in superior image contrast and efficient image reconstruction. Results demonstrating the operating principle are reported.
Date of Publication: April 2009