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1. (WO2018005940) PIXELATED GAMMA DETECTOR



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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2017/040232 284708-2
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
30 June 2017 30 June 2016
Applicant
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
FOR FURTHER ACTION: See Form PCT/ISA/220 as well as, where applicable, item 5 below.
This international search report has been prepared by this International Searching Authority and is transmitted to the applicant according to Article 18. A copy is being transmitted to the International Bureau.
It is also accompanied by a copy of each prior art document cited in this report.
1. Basis of the report
a. With regard to the language, the international search was carried out on the basis of:
the international application in the language in which it was filed.
a translation of the international application into                                          which is the language of a translation furnished for the purposes of international search (Rules 12.3(a) and 23.1(b)).
b.
This international search report has been established taking into account the rectification of an obvious mistake authorized by or notified to this Authority under Rule 91 (Rule 43.6bis(a)).
c.
With regard to any nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosed in the international application, the international search was carried out on the basis of a sequence listing:
2. Certain claims were found unsearchable
3. Unity of invention is lacking
4. Title of the invention
The text is approved as submitted by the applicant.
The text has been established by this Authority to read as follows:
5. Abstract
The text is approved as submitted by the applicant.
The text has been established, according to Rule 38.2, by this Authority as it appears in Box No. IV. The applicant may, within one month from the date of mailing of this international search report, submit comments to this Authority.

A pixelated gamma detector includes a scintillator column assembly (140) having scintillator crystals (120) and optical transparent elements (125) alternating along a longitudinal axis, a collimator assembly (110) having longitudinal walls separated by collimator septum (114), the collimator septum (114) spaced apart to form collimator channels (118), the scintillator column assembly (140) positioned adjacent to the collimator assembly (110) so that the respective ones of the scintillator crystal (120) are positioned adjacent to respective ones of the collimator channels (118), the respective ones of the optical transparent element (125) are positioned adjacent to respective ones of the collimator septum (114), and a first photosensor (150) and a second photosensor (155), the first and the second photosensor each connected to an opposing end of the scintillator column assembly (140). A system and a method for inspecting and/or detecting defects in an interior of an object are also disclosed.


6. Drawings
a.
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     1    
as suggested by the applicant.
as selected by this Authority, because the applicant failed to suggest a figure.
as selected by this Authority, because this figure better characterizes the invention.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     G01T 1/20 (2006.01)i
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC

B. FIELDS SEARCHED

Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     G01T; G01V; A61B
Documentation searched other than minimum documentation to the extent that such documents are included in the fields searched:
Electronic data base consulted during the international search (name of data base and, where practicable, search terms used):
EPO-Internal, WPI Data, INSPEC, COMPENDEX

C. DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE RELEVANT

Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
(1)
X
GB 1368821 A (NAT RES DEV) 02 October 1974 (1974-10-02)
1,3
Y
figure 1
2,4-13,15-20
page 1, line 75 - page 2, line 25
page 2, lines 32-42
page 2, line 108 - page 3, line 3
(2)
X
US 4638158 A (SONNE DARRELL S [US] ET AL) 20 January 1987 (1987-01-20)
14
Y
figures 1, 2, 3, 5
6-13,15-20
column 2, lines 26-43
column 4, lines 1-23
column 4, line 46 - column 5, line 20
column 5, line 61 - column 6, line 5
column 6, lines 18-33
column 6, line 67 - column 7, line 55
(3)
Y
US 2011260067 A1 (TAMDA NAJIA [FR] ET AL) 27 October 2011 (2011-10-27)
2
abstract
figure 2
paragraphs [0048] - [0049]
paragraph [0055]
paragraphs [0069] - [0076]
(4)
Y
US 2750514 A (ARMISTEAD FONTAINE C) 12 June 1956 (1956-06-12)
4,5
figures 1, 2
column 1, lines 58-66
column 2, lines 25-26
column 3, lines 1-6
column 3, line 72 - column 4, line 6
column 4, lines 18-28
*
Special categories of cited documents:
"A"
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
"E"
earlier application or patent but published on or after the international filing date
"L"
document which may throw doubts on priority claim(s) or which is cited to establish the publication date of another citation or other special reason (as specified)
"O"
document referring to an oral disclosure, use, exhibition or other means
"P"
document published prior to the international filing date but later than the priority date claimed
"T"
later document published after the international filing date or priority date and not in conflict with the application but cited to understand the principle or theory underlying the invention
"X"
document of particular relevance; the claimed invention cannot be considered novel or cannot be considered to involve an inventive step when the document is taken alone
"Y"
document of particular relevance; the claimed invention cannot be considered to involve an inventive step when the document is combined with one or more other such documents, such combination being obvious to a person skilled in the art
"&"
document member of the same patent family

D. INFORMATION ON PATENT FAMILY MEMBERS

Patent document cited in search report Publication date
(day/month/year)
Patent family member(s) Publication date
(day/month/year)
GB 1368821 A
02 October 1974
NONE
US 4638158 A
20 January 1987
CA 1225752 A
US 4638158 A
18 August 1987
20 January 1987
US 2011260067 A1
27 October 2011
EP 2269093 A2
FR 2930045 A1
FR 2930046 A1
US 2011260067 A1
WO 2009125379 A2
05 January 2011
16 October 2009
16 October 2009
27 October 2011
15 October 2009
US 2750514 A
12 June 1956
NONE
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
European Patent Office
P.B. 5818, Patentlaan 2, 2280 HV Rijswijk,
Netherlands
Telephone No. (+31-70)340-2040
Facsimile No. (+31-70)340-3016
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
22 September 2017
Date of mailing of the international search report:
09 October 2017
Authorized officer:
Santen, Nicole
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