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Effective description of a 3D object for photon transportation in Monte Carlo simulation

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2 Author(s)
Suganuma, R. ; Dept. of Electron. Inf., Hosei Univ., Tokyo, Japan ; Ogawa, K.

Photon transport simulation by means of the Monte Carlo method is an indispensable technique for examining scatter and absorption correction methods in SPECT and PET. The authors have developed a method for object description with maximum size regions (maximum rectangular regions: MRRs) to speed up photon transport simulation, and compared the computation time with that for conventional object description methods, a voxel-based (VB) method and an octree method, in the simulations of two kinds of phantoms. The simulation results showed that the computation time with the proposed method became about 50% of that with the VD method and about 70% of that with the octree method for a high resolution MCAT phantom. Here, details of the expansion of the MRR method to three dimensions are given. Moreover, the effectiveness of the proposed method was compared with the VB and octree methods

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 3 )