This study reappraises the acquisition parameters defined by three current protocols for the specification of planar gamma camera performance. These are the manufacturer Standards of the National Electrical Manufacturers' Association  and the International Electrotechnical Commission , and the userorientated protocol of the UK Department of Health (DoH, formerly DHSS) Gamma Camera Performance Assessment Group . The study looks specifically at three major planar performance characteristics: intrinsic non-uniformity, intrinsic spatial resolution and intrinsic non-linearity (spatial distortion). Acquisition parameters specified for these characteristics are investigated by testing a range of values for each parameter around those figures currently advocated by the three protocols.
Those acquisition parameters which may be relaxed without loss of data integrity are identified and the adoption of revised parameters for some measurements within the DoH assessment protocol is suggested. Reviewing the data obtained, observations are made regarding the accuracy of some tests performed regularly for quality control purposes. The feasibility and advantages of incorporating some suitably modified DoH performance assessment tests within a routine quality assurance protocol for the gamma camera are also discussed.
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Received 13 June 1994, in revised form 21 November 1994 and accepted 29 November 1994
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