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Affordable CZT SPECT with dose-time minimization (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): James W. Hugg; Brian W. Harris; Ian Radley

Paper Abstract

PURPOSE Pixelated CdZnTe (CZT) detector arrays are used in molecular imaging applications that can enable precision medicine, including small-animal SPECT, cardiac SPECT, molecular breast imaging (MBI), and general purpose SPECT. The interplay of gamma camera, collimator, gantry motion, and image reconstruction determines image quality and dose-time-FOV tradeoffs. Both dose and exam time can be minimized without compromising diagnostic content. METHODS Integration of pixelated CZT detectors with advanced ASICs and readout electronics improves system performance. Because historically CZT was expensive, the first clinical applications were limited to small FOV. Radiation doses were initially high and exam times long. Advances have significantly improved efficiency of CZT-based molecular imaging systems and the cost has steadily declined. We have built a general purpose SPECT system using our 40 cm x 53 cm CZT gamma camera with 2 mm pixel pitch and characterized system performance. RESULTS Compared to NaI scintillator gamma cameras: intrinsic spatial resolution improved from 3.8 mm to 2.0 mm; energy resolution improved from 9.8% to <4 % at 140 keV; maximum count rate is <1.5 times higher; non-detection camera edges are reduced ~3-fold. Scattered photons are greatly reduced in the photopeak energy window; image contrast is improved; and the optimal FOV is increased to the entire camera area. CONCLUSION Continual improvements in CZT detector arrays for molecular imaging, coupled with optimal collimator and image reconstruction, result in minimized dose and exam time. With CZT cost improving, affordable whole-body CZT general purpose SPECT is expected to enable precision medicine applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10132, Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging, 101321K (2 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2254592
Show Author Affiliations
James W. Hugg, Kromek (United States)
Brian W. Harris, Kromek (United States)
Ian Radley, Kromek (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10132:
Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging
Thomas G. Flohr; Joseph Y. Lo; Taly Gilat Schmidt, Editor(s)

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