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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 210-215

Optimization of scatter correction method in samarium-153 single-photon emission computed tomography using triple-energy window: A monte carlo simulation study

1 Department of Physics, LPHE, Modeling and Simulations, Faculty of Science, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco
2 Department of Medical Physics, Academic Hospital of Udine, Udine, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Youssef Bouzekraoui
Department of Physics, LPHE, Modeling and Simulations, Faculty of Science, Mohammed V University, Rabat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_11_20

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Purpose: In single-photon emission computed tomography imaging, the presence of scatter degrades image quality. The goal of this study is to optimize the main- and sub-energy windows for triple-energy window (TEW) method using Monte Carlo SImulating Medical Imaging Nuclear Detectors (SIMIND) code for samarium-153 (Sm-153) imaging. Materials and Methods: The comparison is based on the Monte Carlo simulation data with the results estimated using TEW method. Siemens Symbia gamma-camera equipped with low-energy high-resolution collimator was simulated for Sm-153 point source located in seven positions in water cylindrical phantom. Three different main-energy window widths (10%, 15%, and 20%) and three different sub-energy window widths (2, 4, and 6 keV) were evaluated. We compared the true scatter fraction determined by SIMIND and scatter fraction estimated using TEW scatter correction method at each position. In order to evaluate the image quality, we used the full width at half maximum (FWHM) computed on the PSF and image contrast using Jaszczak phantom. Results: The scatter fraction using TEW method is similar to the true scatter fraction for 20% of the main-energy window and 6 keV sub-energy windows. For these windows, the results show that the resolution and contrast were improved. Conclusion: TEW method could be a useful scatter correction method to remove the scatter event in the image for Sm-153 imaging.

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