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Investigation of bias-free positioning estimators for the scintillation cameras

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4 Author(s)
Joung, J. ; Dept. of Radiol., Washington Univ., Seattle, WA, USA ; Miyaoka, R.S. ; Kohlmyer, S.G. ; Lewellen, T.K.

Bias-free positioning estimators for scintillation cameras are investigated. A linear correlation coefficient (LCC) and Chi square error (CSE) method are evaluated with respect to linearity and spatial resolution performance. The LCC method uses correlation information between the true function (i.e., light response function) and measured data in mapping an event characterization vector to the associated position. The CSE method estimates the position where the Chi square error between two functions becomes minimized. In order to determine true statistics as a function of position, the light response function (LRF) was estimated based on sample measurements by using a cubic spline interpolation technique which provides smooth first-order and continuous second-order derivative of the LRF. Both methods have superior linearity properties compared to the weighted centroid. Each method call be considered as a bias-free positioning estimator within the effective field of view of the detector. The spatial resolution performance of the CSE method is ~7% and ~16% better than the weighted centroid method for a 16- and 25-mm-thick crystal, respectively. The spatial resolution performance of the LCC method is comparable to that of the weighted centroid method

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Jun 2001

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