Investigation of the physical aspects of beta imaging probes using scintillating fibers and visible light photon counters


Journal Article

We are developing a hand held imaging probe intended for intra-operative use. This probe is to be used after the bulk of tumor has been removed. It will locate residual malignant tissue labeled by a pre-operative injection of a tumor seeking radiopharmaceutical. The device presented here is a prototype system that consists of a 4 × 8 array of 925μm diameter plastic scintillating fibers. The imaging array is coupled to Visible Light Photon Counters (VLPCs) via 2 meters of optical fiber. We have obtained an intrinsic spatial resolution of 1.0 mm with a highly collimated beta source, and a 2.0 mm resolution with a 1 mm, uncollimated source. Standard deviations of the relative gain and sensitivity over the 32 imaging elements were found to be 9.6% and 11.7% of the mean, respectively.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • MacDonald, LR; Tornai, MP; Levin, CS; Park, J; Atac, M; Cline, DB; Hoffman, EJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1995

Published In

  • Ieee Nuclear Science Symposium &Amp; Medical Imaging Conference

Volume / Issue

  • 3 /

Start / End Page

  • 1380 - 1384

Citation Source

  • Scopus