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Nuclear Medicine Communications:
doi: 10.1097/MNM.0000000000000162
Technical Notes

Commissioning of a new SeHCAT detector and comparison with an uncollimated gamma camera

Taylor, Jonathan C.; Hillel, Philip G.; Himsworth, John M.

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Abstract

Measurements of SeHCAT (tauroselcholic [75selenium] acid) retention have been used to diagnose bile acid malabsorption for a number of years. In current UK practice the vast majority of centres calculate uptake using an uncollimated gamma camera. Because of ever-increasing demands on gamma camera time, a new ‘probe’ detector was designed, assembled and commissioned. To validate the system, nine patients were scanned at day 0 and day 7 with both the new probe detector and an uncollimated gamma camera. Commissioning results were largely in line with expectations. Spatial resolution (full-width 95% of maximum) at 1 m was 36.6 cm, the background count rate was 24.7 cps and sensitivity at 1 m was 720.8 cps/MBq. The patient comparison study showed a mean absolute difference in retention measurements of 0.8% between the probe and uncollimated gamma camera, and SD of ±1.8%. The study demonstrated that it is possible to create a simple, reproducible SeHCAT measurement system using a commercially available scintillation detector. Retention results from the probe closely agreed with those from the uncollimated gamma camera.

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