SCOUT: A fast Monte-Carlo modeling tool of scintillation camera output

William C.J. Hunter, Harrison H. Barrett, John P. Muzi, Wendy McDougald, Lawrence R. MacDonald, Robert S. Miyaoka, Thomas K. Lewellen

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We have developed a Monte-Carlo photon-tracking and readout simulator called SCOUT to study the stochastic behavior of signals output from a simplified rectangular scintillation-camera design. SCOUT models the salient processes affecting signal generation, transport, and readout of a scintillation camera. In this work, we compare output signal statistics from SCOUT to experimental results for both a discrete and a monolithic camera. We also benchmark the speed of this simulation tool and compare it to existing simulation tools. We find this modeling tool to be relatively fast and predictive of experimental results. Depending on the modeled camera geometry, we found SCOUT to be 4 to 140 times faster than other modeling tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3581-3598
Number of pages18
JournalPhysics in medicine and biology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 7 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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