Improvement of spatial resolution in a Timepix based CdTe photon counting detector using ToT method

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Photon counting detectors (PCDs) have been recognized as potential candidates in X-ray radiography and computed tomography due to their many advantages over conventional energy-integrating detectors. In particular, a PCD-based X-ray system shows an improved contrast-to-noise ratio, reduced radiation exposure dose, and more importantly, exhibits a capability for material decomposition with energy binning. For some applications, a very high resolution is required, which translates into smaller pixel size. Unfortunately, small pixels may suffer from energy spectral distortions (distortion in energy resolution) due to charge sharing effects (CSEs). In this work, we propose a method for correcting CSEs by measuring the point of interaction of an incident X-ray photon by the time-of-threshold (ToT) method. Moreover, we also show that it is possible to obtain an X-ray image with a reduced pixel size by using the concept of virtual pixels at a given pixel size. To verify the proposed method, modulation transfer function (MTF) and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) measurements were carried out with the Timepix chip combined with the CdTe pixel sensor. The X-ray test condition was set at 80 kVp with 5 mu A, and a tungsten edge phantom and a lead line phantom were used for the measurements. Enhanced spatial resolution was achieved by applying the proposed method when compared to that of the conventional photon counting method. From experiment results, MTF increased from 6.3 (conventional counting method) to 8.3 lp/mm (proposed method) at 0.3 MTF. On the other hand, the SNR decreased from 33.08 to 26.85 dB due to four virtual pixels.
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Issue Date
2018-05
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, v.891, pp.18 - 24

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0168-9002
DOI
10.1016/j.nima.2018.02.050
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/241407
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