Estimation of scatter component in SPECT planar image using a Monte Carlo method

K. Ogawa, Y. Harata, T. Ichihara, A. Kubo, S. Hashimoto

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A Monte Carlo simulation was performed to estimate quantitatively the scattered photons in planar images of SPECT. As a phantom we used a water-filled cylinder with a line source and calculated the energy spectra of primary and multiple scattered photons separately at each pixel of the planar images. The energy spectra of primary and scattered photons were studied on following parameters: the size of the phantom; the location of the source; the width of the energy window centered at 72.3 (T1-201), 141 (Tc-99m), and 159 keV (I-123); and the view angle of the planar images. Obtained results were; (1) the energy spectra of Compton scattered photon varied with the phantom size, the source location, and the photopeak energy, (2) the scattered photons within energy windows of 10-30% centered at the photo-peak energy were mainly composed by Compton scatter of the first order, (3) the higher order scattering component of the Compton photons did not represent the location of the line source on the planar image, and (4) the scatter fraction defined by the ratio of the scattered photons to the primary photons increased with increasing the size of the phantom and the width of energy window at the low photopeak energy. From the results, we discussed on the scatter subtraction methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-476
Number of pages10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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