In the present work we briefly describe the architecture of a photo-detection module, designed in the framework of the INSERT (INtegrated SPECT/MRI for Enhanced Stratification in Radio-chemoTherapy) project, supported by the European Community. We focus on two main elements of the module: the SiPM photo-detector unit and the multi-channel ASIC. These two components have been investigated with dedicated and independent setups to assess preliminary performance of INSERT architecture. In details, we designed a 25.30 mm x 25.85 mm tile, comprising 9 pixels, each one with an 8 mm x 8mm active area. We developed an Anger camera to characterize the tile coupled to a CsI:Tl scintillator (6 mm thick). We measured an average spatial resolution (FWHM) of 2 mm in the central region of the Field of View and a 15.3% energy resolution using a Co-57 source (122 keV), when the tile is cooled down to 0 degrees C to reduce the impact of the dark count rate. Furthermore, we developed ANGUS, a 36-channels 0.35 mu m CMOS technology ASIC designed to cope with input capacitance up to 5 nF, typical of large area SiPM pixels. The spectroscopic capability of single readout channels were evaluated by coupling an 8 mm x 8 mm pixel with a cylindrical CsI:Tl scintillator (8 mm diameter, 10 mm thickness). Energy resolution at room temperature provided values between 13% and 13.5% (FWHM) at the 122 keV line for the nine pixels.

Experimental evaluation of a SiPM-based scintillation detector for MR-compatible SPECT systems

BUSCA, PAOLO;OCCHIPINTI, MICHELE;TRIGILIO, PAOLO;COZZI, GIULIA;FIORINI, CARLO ETTORE;
2015

Abstract

In the present work we briefly describe the architecture of a photo-detection module, designed in the framework of the INSERT (INtegrated SPECT/MRI for Enhanced Stratification in Radio-chemoTherapy) project, supported by the European Community. We focus on two main elements of the module: the SiPM photo-detector unit and the multi-channel ASIC. These two components have been investigated with dedicated and independent setups to assess preliminary performance of INSERT architecture. In details, we designed a 25.30 mm x 25.85 mm tile, comprising 9 pixels, each one with an 8 mm x 8mm active area. We developed an Anger camera to characterize the tile coupled to a CsI:Tl scintillator (6 mm thick). We measured an average spatial resolution (FWHM) of 2 mm in the central region of the Field of View and a 15.3% energy resolution using a Co-57 source (122 keV), when the tile is cooled down to 0 degrees C to reduce the impact of the dark count rate. Furthermore, we developed ANGUS, a 36-channels 0.35 mu m CMOS technology ASIC designed to cope with input capacitance up to 5 nF, typical of large area SiPM pixels. The spectroscopic capability of single readout channels were evaluated by coupling an 8 mm x 8 mm pixel with a cylindrical CsI:Tl scintillator (8 mm diameter, 10 mm thickness). Energy resolution at room temperature provided values between 13% and 13.5% (FWHM) at the 122 keV line for the nine pixels.
CsI:Tl; SiPM; SPECT/MRI; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Nuclear Energy and Engineering; Nuclear and High Energy Physics
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