SCOUT: A Fast Monte-Carlo Modeling Tool of Scintillation Camera Output

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

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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. Presently, 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
Pages (from-to)1203-1208
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium conference record. Nuclear Science Symposium
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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