The prototype presented in this paper is based on GaAs pixel detectors read-out by the PCC/MEDIPIX I circuit. The active area of a sensor is about 1 cm 2 therefore to cover the typical irradiation field used in mammography (18 x 24 cm), 18 GaAs detection units have been organized in two staggered rows of nine chips each and moved by a stepper motor in the orthogonal direction. The system is integrated in a mammographic equipment which comprehends the X-ray tube, the bias and data acquisition systems and the PC-based control system. The prototype has been developed in the framework of the Integrated Mammographic Imaging (IMI) project, an industrial research activity aiming to develop innovative instrumentation for morphologic and functional imaging. The project has been supported by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and by five Italian High Tech companies, Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS), CAEN, Gilardoni, LABEN and Poli.Hi.Tech., in collaboration with the universities of Ferrara, Roma "La Sapienza", Pisa and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN). In this paper, we report on the electrical characterization and the first imaging test results of the digital mammographic system. To assess the imaging capability of such a detector we have built a phantom, which simulates the breast tissue with malignancies. The radiographs of the phantom, obtained by delivering an entrance dose of 4.8 mGy, have shown particulars with a measured contrast below 1%. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Autori:||Annovazzi A; Amendolia SR; Bigongiari A; Bisogni M; Catarsi F; Cesqui F; Cetronio A; Colombo F; Delogu P; Fantacci ME; Gilberti A; Lanzieri C; Lavagna S; Novelli M; Passuello G; Paternoster G; Pieracci M; Poletti M; Quattrocchi M; Rosso V; Stefanini A; Testa A; Venturelli L|
|Titolo:||A GaAs pixel detectors-based digital mammographic system: Performances and imaging tests results|
|Anno del prodotto:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.nima.2007.01.144|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|