Feasibility Study of Compton Scattering Enchanced Multiple Pinhole Imager for Nuclear Medicine

L. J. Meng, W. L. Rogers, N. H. Clinthorne, J. A. Fessler

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This paper presents a feasibility study of a Compton scattering enhanced (CSE) multiple pinhole imaging system for gamma rays with energy of 140 keV or higher. This system consists of a multiple-pinhole collimator, a position sensitive scintillation detector as used in standard Gamma camera, and a Silicon pad detector array, inserted between the collimator and the scintillation detector. The problem of multiplexing, normally associated with multiple pinhole system, is reduced by using the extra information from the detected Compton scattering events. In order to compensate for the sensitivity loss, due to the low probability of detecting Compton scattered events, the proposed detector is designed to collect both Compton scattering and non-Compton events. It has been shown that with properly selected pinhole spacing, the proposed detector design leads to an improved image quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1609-1617
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number5 II
StatePublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Compton scattering enhancement
  • Multiple pinhole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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