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Full-field fan-beam x-ray fluorescence computed tomography system design with linear-array detectors and pinhole collimation: a rapid Monte Carlo study
Author(s): Siyuan Zhang; Liang Li; Ruizhe Li; Zhiqiang Chen
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Paper Abstract

We present the design concept and initial simulations for a polychromatic full-field fan-beam x-ray fluorescence computed tomography (XFCT) device with pinhole collimators and linear-array photon counting detectors. The phantom is irradiated by a fan-beam polychromatic x-ray source filtered by copper. Fluorescent photons are stimulated and then collected by two linear-array photon counting detectors with pinhole collimators. The Compton scatter correction and the attenuation correction are applied in the data processing, and the maximum-likelihood expectation maximization algorithm is applied for the image reconstruction of XFCT. The physical modeling of the XFCT imaging system was described, and a set of rapid Monte Carlo simulations was carried out to examine the feasibility and sensitivity of the XFCT system. Different concentrations of gadolinium (Gd) and gold (Au) solutions were used as contrast agents in simulations. Results show that 0.04% of Gd and 0.065% of Au can be well reconstructed with the full scan time set at 6 min. Compared with using the XFCT system with a pencil-beam source or a single-pixel detector, using a full-field fan-beam XFCT device with linear-array detectors results in significant scanning time reduction and may satisfy requirements of rapid imaging, such as in vivo imaging experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 56(11) 113107 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.56.11.113107
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 56, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Siyuan Zhang, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Liang Li, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Ruizhe Li, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Zhiqiang Chen, Tsinghua Univ. (China)

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