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Collimator Interchange System for Adaptive Cardiac Imaging in C-SPECT

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2 Author(s)
Mike Rozler ; Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA ; Wei Chang

Compared to imaging the heart with conventional cameras, dedicated cardiac SPECT systems can achieve much higher performance through use of a small field of view. To realize this potential, however, the heart must be reliably placed in the appropriate small FOV prior to imaging, thus requiring a separate scout operation to locate the heart and estimate its size. Furthermore, to achieve high performance across the general population, a system should provide several imaging configurations optimized for different size and location of the heart and the size of the patient. Because of the critical role the collimator plays in SPECT, it would be ideal if a dedicated collimator could be used for each of the different patient groups, as well as for the scout imaging. The ability to exchange collimators without moving the patient can also enable serial studies with different imaging options while preserving anatomic registration.

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:58 ,  Issue: 5 )