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3-D localization of radioactive hotspots via portable gamma cameras

Abstract : A portable stereo gamma camera has been built, based on two hybrid pixelated detectors, each of them comprising a 1 mm thick CdTe substrate bump-bonded to the Timepix readout chip, a pixelated CMOS ASIC consisting of 256 × 256 pixels with 55 µm pitch. The technique described in this paper allows the automatic estimation of the distances between the prototype and the located radioactive sources by using triangulation based on epipolar geometry. The 3-D Cartesian coordinates of the sources are provided even when they are hidden behind an occluding material, such as a wall, or inside a barrel. Furthermore, the combination of the prototype with a depth sensor enables a wide range of applications, including the 3-D volumetric reconstruction of the scene under study as well as the capability of autonomously determining if an object is occluding the located radioactive sources. We discuss here the main features of the whole methodology developed and we also present the experimental results obtained at laboratory scale.
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V. Paradiso, K. Amgarou, N. Blanc de Lanaute, F. Bonnet, O. Beltramello, et al.. 3-D localization of radioactive hotspots via portable gamma cameras. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Elsevier, 2018, 910, pp.194-203. ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2018.09.081⟩. ⟨hal-01975463⟩



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