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The geometric transfer function for slant-hole collimators

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3 Author(s)
D. E. Wessell ; Dept. of Biomed. Eng., North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill, NC, USA ; E. C. Frey ; B. M. W. Tsui

Summary form only received as follows: In this paper the authors provide a complete description of the geometric response properties of slant-hole (SH) collimators by deriving the SH collimator geometric transfer function (GTF). In doing so, they follow a method first used by Metz et al. (1980) and later employed by Tsui and Gullberg (1990) to derive the GTF for conventional parallel- and converging-hole collimators, respectively. After deriving the GTF for SH collimators, the authors validate the result via simulation and experimental studies. In the simulations, the Monte-Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) software package is used to simulate the images obtained from a point source with a variety of SH collimators with different design parameters. Results of these simulations are then compared to those obtained from theoretical derivations. Also, the theoretical results are compared to experimental results obtained from point source images obtained using a 4-segment SH collimator in the authors' laboratory. The authors found that the theoretical formulation is highly accurate in predicting the GTF of SH collimators from their design parameters. The theoretical formulation will be useful for both the design of SH collimators with specific imaging properties, and the modelling and compensation of the image degrading effects of the SH collimator GTF in an iterative reconstruction algorithm

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2000 IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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