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Title: Tomographic gamma ray apparatus and method

Abstract

This invention provides a radiation detecting apparatus for imaging the distribution of radioactive substances in a three-dimensional subject such as a medical patient. Radiating substances introduced into the subject are viewed by a radiation image detector that provides an image of the distribution of radiating sources within its field of view. By viewing the area of interest from two or more positions, as by scanning the detector over the area, the radiating sources seen by the detector have relative positions that are a function of their depth in the subject. The images seen by the detector are transformed into first output signals which are combined in a readout device with second output signals that indicate the position of the detector relative to the subject. The readout device adjusts the signals and provides multiple radiation distribution readouts of the subject, each readout comprising a sharply resolved picture that shows the distribution and intensity of radiating sources lying in a selected plane in the subject, while sources lying on other planes are blurred in that particular readout.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. 1771 Highland Place, Berkeley, CA 94709
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
862637
Patent Number(s):
3979594
Assignee:
Anger, Hal O. (1771 Highland Place, Berkeley, CA 94709)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01T - MEASUREMENT OF NUCLEAR OR X-RADIATION
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
tomographic; gamma; ray; apparatus; method; provides; radiation; detecting; imaging; distribution; radioactive; substances; three-dimensional; subject; medical; patient; radiating; introduced; viewed; image; detector; sources; field; view; viewing; positions; scanning; seen; relative; function; depth; images; transformed; output; signals; combined; readout; device; indicate; position; adjusts; multiple; readouts; comprising; sharply; resolved; picture; intensity; lying; selected; plane; planes; blurred; particular; relative position; radiating sources; output signals; gamma ray; output signal; relative positions; radiation detecting; readout device; provides multiple; selected plane; radioactive substances; detecting apparatus; image detector; radioactive substance; ray apparatus; active substance; /250/

Citation Formats

Anger, Hal O. Tomographic gamma ray apparatus and method. United States: N. p., 1976. Web.
Anger, Hal O. Tomographic gamma ray apparatus and method. United States.
Anger, Hal O. Tue . "Tomographic gamma ray apparatus and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/862637.
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abstractNote = {This invention provides a radiation detecting apparatus for imaging the distribution of radioactive substances in a three-dimensional subject such as a medical patient. Radiating substances introduced into the subject are viewed by a radiation image detector that provides an image of the distribution of radiating sources within its field of view. By viewing the area of interest from two or more positions, as by scanning the detector over the area, the radiating sources seen by the detector have relative positions that are a function of their depth in the subject. The images seen by the detector are transformed into first output signals which are combined in a readout device with second output signals that indicate the position of the detector relative to the subject. The readout device adjusts the signals and provides multiple radiation distribution readouts of the subject, each readout comprising a sharply resolved picture that shows the distribution and intensity of radiating sources lying in a selected plane in the subject, while sources lying on other planes are blurred in that particular readout.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1976},
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