The Gamma Camera, CT Scanner, PET/CT Service and Cardio MD are medical imaging technology for diagnostic evaluation. Each of these pieces of equipment performs specialized functions in medical evaluations that involve imaging. This imaging allows the physician to see actual photos of the subject tissue to determine the extent of the damage and prescribe appropriate treatment to correct the physical damage.
This equipment forms the basis of nuclear medicine. This class of treatment revolves around tiny bits of radioactive solutions being given to a patient. These compounds are injected, inhaled or otherwise absorbed by an individual. A nuclear medicine service incorporates the operations of various scanning machines to generate an accurate treatment program.
A Gamma Camera combined with the use of a computer allows for the creation of images by collecting data delivered by gamma photons emitted from a patient’s body. A solution is given to the person being diagnosed that gives off these photons as it radiates from the body. The computer records the information submitted from the equipment. A two dimensional image is created.
PET/CT Services combine the functions of a (Position Emission Tomography) PET scan with a CT imaging machine. This service exposes the interaction of the cells of the body with the radioactive compounds given the patient. Brain disorders and heart disease are diagnosed and various treatments prescribed.
A CT Scanner combines the functions of an X-ray beam with a digital computer. Cross-sectional pictures of the subject body parts are produced. This includes the liver, kidneys, pelvis, spine and any other part that needs visual examination.
Cardio MD is dedicated specifically to physical examinations of the heart. Images are available with the prospective candidate in a supine or prone position.
All of this equipment and service employs the diagnostic techniques available using nuclear medicine. Medical personnel can get an actual view of the sections of the body that are demonstrating malfunctions. X-rays are taken to an advanced level where 3D images of body tissue are available. A study of the fleshy areas of the body is successful prior to performing surgery. Diagnosis and the results of treatments are determined. Nuclear medicine has advanced the study and treatment of all physical abnormalities. This field of diagnostic medicine has made examinations non-invasive while effectively revealing the required treatment.
You’ve just had a complete physical done. However, your doctor is asking you to get extra tests done to evaluate the condition of your heart. He has asked for a Cardiac PET and a scintigraphy to be done and you are wondering whether these tests are going to be as painful as they sound! Fortunately, both of these tests are relatively painless and they evaluate the working of the heart .
The PET test or the Positron Emission Tomography test is a very common. The procedure is done by injected a positron-emission radionuclide into the body. The radionuclide is attached to a biologically active molecule, which the heart cells can use. As it enters the blood vessels around the heart, it is picked up by the cardiac cells. The cells modify the material and the PET scanner uses these actions to take images of the working heart. The PET scanner test is the most common test in nuclear medical care and it is relatively painless. The radionuclide solution may be provided through IV or as an inhalation solution. The only discomfort for the patient is that they have to lie still as the solution passes through the body and the imaging procedure is complete. This may vary anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Scintigraphy is a very similar test. It also uses injected, inhaled or ingested radionuclides to create images. The passage of the radioactive material through the body is recorded with a special camera called the Gamma camera. The camera only records gamma radiation emitted by the radionuclide and it create a very clear image of the human body.
• The PET scan and the scintigraphy process are relatively safe. We do recommend that you follow the instructions provided by the doctor and radiology technician.
• You may have to fast for 12 hours before the procedure.
• Some people are allergic to the contrast medium or the radioactive matter. Please indicate any allergies that you might have.
• The PET scan may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes.
• Both procedures are completely safe. You may experience a little discomfort from the IV and an urinary catheter if it is required.
• You will be told to consume a lot of liquid to flush out all the radioactive material from the body.
Almost every Nuclear Medicine Service center will offer these services. However, they can be expensive. We recommend that you call up the center and fix an appointment. Your physician will also recommend a Nuclear Medicine Service where you can book an appointment. Please remember to follow the instructions that are provided before booking the appointment.