Light output spatial distributions of CsI(T1) scintillation arrays for gamma-rays imaging

R. Scafè, R. Pellegrini, A. Soluri, N. Burgio, G. Trotta, A. Tatì, M.N. Cinti, G. De Vincentis, R. Pani

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Over the last years Nuclear Medicine and Oncology require the development of new scintigraphic imagers dedicated to particular organs and lesions, with improved performances with respect to presently available devices. In order to enhance the imaging responses, pixellated crystals have to be employed as scintillating devices coupled to position sensitive photomultiplier tubes. Some of major steps forward in this field could be obtained by using the recently produced Hamamatsu photomultiplier tubes. The knowledge of the pixel scintillation light distribution at photocathode allows the imaging performances optimization. To this aim CsI(Tl) arrays pixel light distributions were investigated by using a photographic method and a Hamamatsu multianode 16 channel linear array photomultiplier tube for single-event light output readout. Ten scintillating arrays, with square pixel base area ranging between 1.0 × 1.0 and 2.0 × 2.0 mm2and thickness from 1.0 to 5.0 mm, were tested. In this study, the strip scintillation light distribution spread at photocathode was found linearly dependent on the total light guide thickness and crystal-pixel base side. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249 - 254
Number of pages6
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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