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Volume 21, Number 2, 2016

Study on measuring device arrangement of array-type CdTe detector for BNCT-SPECT

Masanobu Manabe, Soichiro Nakamura, Isao Murata



To design the measuring device arrangement of array-type CdTe detector for BNCT-SPECT.


In a boron neutron capture therapy, a very serious unsolved problem exists, namely that the treatment effect for BNCT cannot be known during irradiation in real time. Therefore, we have been developing a so-called BNCT-SPECT with a CdTe detector, which can obtain a three-dimensional image for the BNCT treatment effect by measuring 478 keV gamma-rays emitted from the excited state of 7Li nucleus created by the 10B(n,α) reaction. However, no practical uses were realized at present, because BNCT-SPECT requires very severe conditions for spatial resolution, measuring time, statistical accuracy and energy resolution.

Materials and methods

The design study was performed with numerical simulations carried out by a 3-dimenaional transport code, MCNP5 considering the detector assembly, irradiation room and even arrangement of arrayed CdTe crystals.


The estimated count rate of 478 keV gamma-rays was sufficiently large being more than the target value of over 1000 counts/h. However, the S/N ratio did not meet the target of S/N > 1. We confirmed that deterioration of the S/N ratio was caused by the influence of Compton scattering especially due to capture gamma-rays of hydrogen. Theoretical calculations were thereafter carried out to find out whether anti-Compton measurement in an array-type CdTe detector could decrease the noise due to Compton scatterings.


The calculation result showed that the anti-coincidence would possibly increase the S/N ratio. In the next phase, an arrayed detector with two CdTe crystals will be produced to test removal possibility of the anti-coincident event.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2016; 21(2) : 102-107

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