Comparison of three boundary detection methods for SPECT using Compton scattered photons

D. J. Macey, Gerald L Denardo, S. J. DeNardo

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Three simple methods of defining the boundary of a transverse section in single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were compared using Compton scattered photons from a small 99mTc source located either inside or outside a water-filled cylinder of 22 cm diameter. Scattered events were acquired with 360-degree rotation of the gamma camera and transverse section images were reconstructed using a filtered backprojection method. The boundary of section images obtained with three different geometric arrangements of the source and the camera were compared. The 90-degree Compton scatter method, using a source external to the cylinder and at 90° to the front of the detector, was found to give the best boundary definition. Similarly, detection of scattered events using a radionuclide source placed outside of a human body was capable of providing good boundary information for the large stack of contiguous section images produced by a rotation SPECT camera. Calculations confirmed the profound influence of boundary errors on SPECT quantitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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