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In Scientific reports ; h5-index 158.0

The aim of this study was to demonstrate the usefulness of SwiftScan with a low-energy high-resolution and sensitivity (LEHRS) collimator for bone scintigraphy using a novel bone phantom simulating the human body. SwiftScan planar image of lateral view was acquired in clinical condition; thereafter, each planar image of different blend ratio (0-80%) of Crality 2D processing were created. SwiftScan planar images with reduced acquisition time by 25-75% were created by Poisson's resampling processing. SwiftScan single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was acquired with step-and-shoot and continuous mode, and SPECT images were reconstructed using a three-dimensional ordered subset expectation maximization incorporating attenuation, scatter and spatial resolution corrections. SwiftScan planar image showed a high contrast to noise ratio (CNR) and low percent of the coefficient of variance (%CV) compared with conventional planar image. The CNR of the tumor parts in SwiftScan SPECT was higher than that of the conventional SPECT image of step and shoot acquisition, while the %CV showed the lowest value in all systems. In conclusion, SwiftScan planar and SPECT images were able to reduce the image noise compared with planar and SPECT image with a low-energy high-resolution collimator, so that SwiftScan planar and SPECT images could be obtained a high CNR. Furthermore, the SwiftScan planar image was able to reduce the acquisition time by 25% when the blend ratio of Clarity 2D processing set to more than 40%.

Shibutani Takayuki, Onoguchi Masahisa, Naoi Yuka, Yoneyama Hiroto, Konishi Takahiro, Tatami Ringo, Nakajima Kenichi