R. Accorsi, M. Autiero, L. Celentano
Oct 16, 2004
IEEE Symposium Conference Record Nuclear Science 2004.
We report on tests of a radionuclide imaging system for in vivo investigations in small animals with low energy gamma-rays as from /sup 125/I (27-35 keV). The system imaging optics features a high resolution coded aperture mask and a fine pitch silicon hybrid pixel detector of the Medipix2 series (55 /spl mu/m pitch). The coded aperture (no-two-holes-touching MURA 62/spl times/62) had 70 /spl mu/m holes in 75 /spl mu/m tungsten, and was used in a 2:1 magnification for a field of view of about 7 mm. Laboratory tests with a /sup 109/Cd 22-keV source and in vivo mouse thyroid imaging tests with /sup 125/I show a system resolution of about 110 /spl mu/m. This low energy, semiconductor-based, compact gamma camera is the basic imaging unit of a small animal single photon emission computed tomography system with deep sub-millimeter resolution.