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CMOS readout electronics for an emission-transmission medical imaging system

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3 Author(s)
Heanue, J.A. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Boser, B.E. ; Hasegawa, B.H.

We have developed a CMOS chip for readout of a germanium detector in an emission-transmission medical imaging system. The chip can be operated in three different modes. First, there is a slow pulse counting mode for acquisition of radionuclide data at 104 cps/channel and 1-2 keV energy resolution. Next, there is a fast pulse counting mode for collection of dual-energy X-ray data or for simultaneous accumulation of radionuclide emission and X-ray transmission counts at 106 cps and 5-7 keV energy resolution. Finally, there is a current mode readout for fast acquisition of X-ray transmission data. The new readout electronics offer the potential for improved quantitation of SPECT data. Monte Carlo simulations indicate that 2 keV energy resolution is sufficient to reduce the uncertainty due to scatter to below the level of uncertainty due to photon statistics. In addition, the X-ray data can be used to generate an object-specific attenuation map at the radionuclide energy. Thus, the new electronics offer the possibility of virtually scatter-free, attenuation-corrected quantitative SPECT images

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Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, 1994., 1994 IEEE Conference Record  (Volume:4 )

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30 Oct-5 Nov 1994