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Measurements of a dual-energy fast photon counting CdTe detector with integrated charge sharing correction
Author(s): Christer Ullberg; Mattias Urech; Niclas Weber; Anders Engman; Anna Redz; Fredrik Henckel
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Paper Abstract

Photon counting detectors offer some unique features for x-ray imaging. If designed correctly, photon counting detectors have no readout noise and no dark counts. This is an important feature in for example low dose CT imaging where the total dose is distributed over a large number of projections from different angles. In addition to this it is also possible to incorporate pulse height discrimination of each photon event, thus enabling the recording of images from multiple energy intervals in a single exposure. We demonstrate the performance of a newly developed dual-energy fast photon counting detector with 100μm pixel size that can be read out up to 1000fps. It consists of a three side buttable ASIC that is bump bonded to a CdTe converter. The very high conversion efficiency of CdTe makes the detector suitable for a wide range of applications requiring high spatial resolution at low doses. The efficiency of the detector is maintained all the way out to the edge of the chip which opens up the possibility to build larger detectors still fulfilling medical requirements. The novel detector incorporates a charge sharing correction feature and the effect of this function is demonstrated using the DQE measurements for different spectra as well as with spectrum reconstruction from Cd109 and Am241 radioactive sources. We show that this charge sharing correction feature affects the properties of NPS and MTF, and the energy resolution is greatly enhanced. Measurements are also compared to a simulation model for the detector system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8668, Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging, 86680P (6 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007892
Show Author Affiliations
Christer Ullberg, XCounter AB (Sweden)
Mattias Urech, XCounter AB (Sweden)
Niclas Weber, XCounter AB (Sweden)
Anders Engman, XCounter AB (Sweden)
Anna Redz, XCounter AB (Sweden)
Fredrik Henckel, XCounter AB (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8668:
Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging
Robert M. Nishikawa; Bruce R. Whiting; Christoph Hoeschen, Editor(s)

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