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Apparatus and method for variable angle slant hole collimator

United States Patent

9,711,251
July 18, 2017
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A variable angle slant hole (VASH) collimator for providing collimation of high energy photons such as gamma rays during radiological imaging of humans. The VASH collimator includes a stack of multiple collimator leaves and a means of quickly aligning each leaf to provide various projection angles. Rather than rotate the detector around the subject, the VASH collimator enables the detector to remain stationary while the projection angle of the collimator is varied for tomographic acquisition. High collimator efficiency is achieved by maintaining the leaves in accurate alignment through the various projection angles. Individual leaves include unique angled cuts to maintain a precise target collimation angle. Matching wedge blocks driven by two actuators with twin-lead screws accurately position each leaf in the stack resulting in the precise target collimation angle. A computer interface with the actuators enables precise control of the projection angle of the collimator.
Lee; Seung Joon (Poquoson, VA), Kross; Brian J. (Yorktown, VA), McKisson; John E. (Williamsburg, VA)
JEFFERSON SCIENCE ASSOCIATES, LLC (Newport News, VA)
14/ 818,839
20170040077
August 5, 2015
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Management and Operating Contract No. DE-AC05-06OR23177 awarded by the Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.