The spatial distribution of a radioactive fluid can be measured indirectly by observing the emerging gamma rays. A method is proposed and analyzed for gamma-ray imaging by stochastic time modulation and cross-correlation. Theoretical comparison is made to collimation and coded aperture techniques in gamma-ray image formation. Computed results are presented that illustrate the mean response and statistical error characteristics of this technique. Monte Carlo simulations are performed as a further verification. Because it relies upon a point-by-point reconstruction, rather than upon the integral properties of any particular aperture, the time modulation approach is seen to provide a theoretical basis for obtaining a smooth three-dimensional point response.
© 1974 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 23, 1973
Published: November 1, 1974
Randall S. May, Ziya Akcasu, and Glenn F. Knoll, "Gamma-Ray Imaging with Stochastic Apertures," Appl. Opt. 13, 2589-2601 (1974)