Comparison of Nai(Ti), Cdte, and Hgl2Surgical probes: Physical characterization

H. B. Barber, H. H. Barrett, T. S. Hickernell, D. P. Kwo

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The physical properties of three surgical probes containing different radiation detectors are compared: a Nal(Tl) scintillator with a flexible, fiber-optic light guide, and two semiconductor detectors that operate at room temperature, CdTe and Hgl2. Also compared are spectra, energy resolutions, and counting efficiencies measured at a variety of gamma-ray energies between 30 and 1000 keV. The energy resolution of the NaI probe is substantially poorer than that of either semiconductor probe due in part to light losses in coupling the scintillator to the fiber optics. The semiconductor probes have complex spectral response due to charge-carrier trapping and K x-ray escape, and not all photoelectric interactions in these detectors contribute to the useful part of the photopeak. Above 120 keV the counting efficiency for the NaI probe is an order of magnitude higher than for the CdTe and Hgl2probes. Both energy resolution and counting efficiency are slightly better for the Hgl2probe than for the CdTe probe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-381
Number of pages9
JournalMedical physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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