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Architecture and circuit design of photon counting readout for X-ray imaging sensors
Mittuniversitetet, Fakulteten för naturvetenskap, teknik och medier, Institutionen för informationsteknologi och medier. (Electronics Design Division, STC)
2007 (Engelska)Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Hybrid pixel array detectors for X-ray imaging are based on different technologies for sensor and readout electronics. The readout electronics are based on standard CMOS technologies that are experiencing continuously rapid improvements by means of down-scaling the feature sizes, which in turn lead to higher transistor densities, lower power consumption, and faster circuits. For pixel-array imaging sensors the improvements in CMOS technology opens up new possibilities of integrating more functionality in the pixels for local processing of the sensor data. However, new issues related to the tight integration of both analog and digital processing circuits within the small area of a pixel must also be evaluated.

The advantages of down-scaling the CMOS technology can be utilized to increase the spatial resolution by reducing the pixel sizes. Recent research indicates however that the bottleneck in reaching further spatial resolution in X-ray imaging sensors may not be limited by the circuit area occupied by the functions necessary in the pixels, but are instead related to problems associated with charge-sharing of charges generated by the sensor which are distributed over a neighbourhood of pixels and will limit the spatial resolution and lead to a distortion of the energy spectrum. In this thesis a mechanism to be implemented in the readout circuits is proposed in order to suppress the charge-sharing effects. The proposed architecture and its circuit implementation are evaluated with respect to circuit complexity (area) and power consumption. For a photon-counting pixel it is demonstrated that the complete pixel, with charge-sharing suppression mechanism, can be implemented using 300 transistors with an idle power consumption of 2.7μW in a 120nm CMOS technology operating with a 1.2V power supply.

The improvements in CMOS technology can also be used for increasing the range of applications for X-ray imaging sensors. In this thesis, an architecture is proposed for multiple energy discrimination, called color X-ray imaging. The proposed solution is the result of balancing the circuit complexity and the image quality. The method is based on color sub-sampling with intensity biasing. For three-level energy discrimination, that corresponds to color imaging systems for visible light with R, G, and B color components, the increase in circuit complexity will be only 20% higher than that for the Bayer method but results in significantly better image quality.

As the circuit complexity in the digital processing within each pixel is increased, the digitally induced noise may play an increasingly important role for the signal-to-noise ratio in the measurements. In this thesis an initial study is conducted regarding how the digital switching noise affects the analog amplifiers in the photon-counting pixel.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Sundsvall: Mittuniversitetet , 2007. , s. 80
Serie
Mid Sweden University licentiate thesis, ISSN 1652-8948 ; 22
Nationell ämneskategori
Elektroteknik och elektronik
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-9327OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-9327DiVA, id: diva2:227240
Presentation
(Engelska)
Opponent
Handledare
Tillgänglig från: 2009-07-10 Skapad: 2009-07-10 Senast uppdaterad: 2011-02-06Bibliografiskt granskad
Delarbeten
1. Circuit Implementation of Mechanism for Charge-Sharing Suppression for Photon-Counting Pixel Arrays
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Circuit Implementation of Mechanism for Charge-Sharing Suppression for Photon-Counting Pixel Arrays
2005 (Engelska)Ingår i: 23rd NORCHIP Conference 2005, IEEE conference proceedings, 2005, s. 137-140, artikel-id 1597008Konferensbidrag, Publicerat paper (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

This work proposes an efficient circuit implementation of a mechanism for charge-sharing suppression in photon-counting pixel arrays based on current-mode circuits for the analog parts. The additional circuits needed for charge-sharing suppression in a four-pixel cluster, leads to an increase in power consumption of 36% and only a marginal increase in circuit area. The implemented pixel with window-discrimination, managing charge-sharing in a four-pixel cluster and with an event-counter of 13 bits, consists of 300 transistors and has a power consumption of 2.7 μW when idle. It is implemented in a 120nm CMOS process and the presented results are based on simulations.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
IEEE conference proceedings, 2005
Nyckelord
read-out electronics
Nationell ämneskategori
Elektroteknik och elektronik
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3330 (URN)10.1109/NORCHP.2005.1597008 (DOI)000241010100033 ()2-s2.0-33847207475 (Scopus ID)3283 (Lokalt ID)1-4244-0064-3 (ISBN)3283 (Arkivnummer)3283 (OAI)
Konferens
23rd NORCHIP Conference 2005; Oulu; Finland; 21 November 2005 through 22 November 2005
Projekt
STC - Sensible Things that Communicate
Tillgänglig från: 2008-09-30 Skapad: 2009-07-30 Senast uppdaterad: 2020-01-29Bibliografiskt granskad
2. An Area Efficient Readout Architecture for Photon Counting Color Imaging
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>An Area Efficient Readout Architecture for Photon Counting Color Imaging
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2007 (Engelska)Ingår i: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, ISSN 0168-9002, E-ISSN 1872-9576, Vol. 576, nr 1, s. 132-136Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

The introduction of several energy levels, namely color imaging, in photon counting X-ray image sensors is a trade-off between circuit complexity and spatial resolution. In this paper we propose a pixel architecture that has full resolution for the intensity and uses sub-sampling for the energy spectrum. The results show that this sub-sampling pixel architecture produces images with an image quality which is, on average, 2.4 dB (PSNR) higher than those for a single energy range architecture and with half the circuit complexity of that for a full sampling architecture.

Nyckelord
X-ray, photon counting, pixel detectors
Nationell ämneskategori
Elektroteknik och elektronik
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3904 (URN)10.1016/j.nima.2007.01.140 (DOI)000247330000031 ()2-s2.0-34248171930 (Scopus ID)4265 (Lokalt ID)4265 (Arkivnummer)4265 (OAI)
Konferens
8th International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors, Jul 02-06, 2006, Pisa, Italy
Projekt
STC - Sensible Things that Communicate
Anmärkning

8th International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors, Jul 02-06, 2006, Pisa, Italy

Tillgänglig från: 2008-11-29 Skapad: 2008-11-29 Senast uppdaterad: 2020-01-29Bibliografiskt granskad
3. Architecture and Circuit Design for Color X-Ray Pixal Array Detector Read-Out Electronics
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Architecture and Circuit Design for Color X-Ray Pixal Array Detector Read-Out Electronics
2007 (Engelska)Ingår i: 24th Norchip Conference, 2006, New York: IEEE conference proceedings, 2007, s. 271-276, artikel-id 4126997Konferensbidrag, Publicerat paper (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

This paper proposes an area- and power-efficient implementation of the read-out electronics for color X-ray pixel detectors for imaging. Introducing multiple levels of energy discrimination will increase the complexity of the read-out electronics in each pixel. The proposed architecture has full resolution for the intensity and reduced resolution for the energy spectrum (color), which leads to a good compromise of image quality and circuit complexity. We show that the increase in complexity, compared to single energy-range pixel, will lead to increase in circuit area of less than 20%.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
New York: IEEE conference proceedings, 2007
Nyckelord
Sensor readout electronics
Nationell ämneskategori
Elektroteknik och elektronik
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3577 (URN)10.1109/NORCHP.2006.329225 (DOI)000245540900064 ()2-s2.0-34547363891 (Scopus ID)4460 (Lokalt ID)978-1-4244-0772-9 (ISBN)4460 (Arkivnummer)4460 (OAI)
Konferens
24th Norchip Conference, 2006; Linkoping; Sweden; 20 November 2006 through 21 November 2006
Projekt
STC - Sensible Things that Communicate
Tillgänglig från: 2008-09-30 Skapad: 2009-07-29 Senast uppdaterad: 2020-01-29Bibliografiskt granskad
4. Evaluation of Mixed-Signal Noise Effects in Photon Counting X-Ray Image Sensor Readout Circuits
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Evaluation of Mixed-Signal Noise Effects in Photon Counting X-Ray Image Sensor Readout Circuits
2006 (Engelska)Ingår i: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, ISSN 0168-9002, E-ISSN 1872-9576, Vol. 563, nr 1, s. 88-91Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

In readout electronics for photon counting pixel detectors, the tight integration between analog and digital blocks causes the readout electronics to be sensitive to on-chip noise coupling. This noise coupling can result in faulty luminance values in grayscale X-ray images, or as color distortions in a color X-ray imaging system. An exploration of simulating noise coupling in readout circuits is presented which enables the discovery of sensitive blocks at as early a stage as possible, in order to avoid costly design iterations. The photon counting readout system has been simulated for noise coupling in order to highlight the existing problems of noise coupling in X-ray imaging systems. The simulation results suggest that on-chip noise coupling should be considered and simulated in future readout electronics systems for X-ray detectors.

Nyckelord
Photon Counting, Pixel Detector, Noise Effects, Evaluation
Nationell ämneskategori
Elektroteknik och elektronik
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3433 (URN)10.1016/j.nima.2006.01.098 (DOI)000238764700022 ()2-s2.0-33745000546 (Scopus ID)3432 (Lokalt ID)3432 (Arkivnummer)3432 (OAI)
Konferens
7th International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors, Jul 04-07, 2005, Grenoble, France
Projekt
STC - Sensible Things that Communicate
Anmärkning

7th International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors, Jul 04-07, 2005, Grenoble, France

Tillgänglig från: 2008-09-30 Skapad: 2009-01-07 Senast uppdaterad: 2020-01-29Bibliografiskt granskad

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