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Direct conversion detector for digital mammography
Author(s): Brad T. Polischuk; Henri Rougeot; Kerwin Wong; Anne Debrie; Eric Poliquin; Marc Hansroul; Jean-Pierre Martin; Tri-Tue Truong; Martin Choquette; Luc Laperriere; Ziad Shukri
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we report measurements from a prototype 1024 X 1024 selenium-based flat panel detector suited for interventional digital mammography applications. This detector is based on an amorphous silicon TFT array, with a pixel pitch of 85 micrometer and a fill factor of 70%. A 200 micrometer layer of amorphous selenium is used to directly convert the incident x-rays into electrical charges. The detector electronics, TFT array, and selenium converter structure are designed to operate at a frame rate of 10 images per second. Experimentally, this detector yields an x-ray sensitivity of nearly 290 electrons/absorbed x-ray nearly 100% absorption of x-rays at a beam energy of 18 keV, a high spatial resolution (limited only by the pixel pitch up to the Nyquist limit), and quantum-noise limited operation down to the lowest exposures currently investigated. Images from the ACR phantom and contrast detail phantom reveal all embedded targets in the phantoms, which indicates the potential of this technology for digital mammography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3659, Medical Imaging 1999: Physics of Medical Imaging, (28 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.349518
Show Author Affiliations
Brad T. Polischuk, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Henri Rougeot, Noranda Advanced Materials (France)
Kerwin Wong, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Anne Debrie, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Eric Poliquin, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Marc Hansroul, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Jean-Pierre Martin, Univ. of Montreal (Canada)
Tri-Tue Truong, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Martin Choquette, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Luc Laperriere, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)
Ziad Shukri, Noranda Advanced Materials (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3659:
Medical Imaging 1999: Physics of Medical Imaging
John M. Boone; James T. Dobbins III, Editor(s)

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