Evaluation of a combined array-planar crystal for gamma-ray scintillation imagers

R. Pani, R. Scafé, R. Pellegrini, A. Soluri, N. Burgio, C. Ciavola, M.N. Cinti, L. Indovina, G. De Vincentis, F. Garibaldi, F. Cusanno, G.M. Urciuoli, E. Cisbani

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Over the last few years our interest was dedicated to the development of small field of view imagers for Nuclear Medicine applications, particularly in Oncology. Some years ago, the authors have described an original scintillation gamma camera based on a matrix of 2 × 2 R5900-C8 Hamamatsu Position Sensitive PhotoMultiplier Tube (PSPMT) coupled to a scintillating array. The intrinsic spatial resolution obtained was adequate for high-resolution imaging applications. On the contrary, the prototype was affected by reduced performances at the borders between PSPMT. The subsequent introduction by Hamamatsu of the R7600 flange-less PSPMT family allowed to reduce the dead areas at the borders. Furthermore, Hamamatsu R7600-C12 model, improving the charge sampling with lower anode pitch, allows to improve the spatial resolution and to optimize the spatial response. Good performance was obtained with 2 × 2 R5900-C8 PSPMT array with a Combined Array-Planar Crystal (CAPC) geometry, designed by the authors. It consists of a planar crystal segmented in the top in a 15 × 15 array, 3 mm square pixel, 1mm thick, and 0.25 mm gap. Hilger manufactured two CsI assemblies, Na and Tl doped, respectively, for this study. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234 - 241
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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