Usefulness Of Camera During Medical Imaging Procedures

Radionuclide or nuclear medicine imaging procedures are painless and non-invasive medical tests that allow physicians to diagnose the medical conditions. Such imaging scans utilize radioactive materials known as radiotracers or radiopharmaceuticals. These radiotracers are either inhaled or swallowed or administered in a vein. Usually such substances get accumulated within the organ that is being examined. Here, the material emits energy as gamma rays. The energy is detected using a device known as nuclear medicine camera, probe or/and a PET scanner.

A nuclear medicine camera is a specific camera enclosed in metal which is able to detect radiations and produce images from various angles. Normally, the camera remains suspended over or beneath the examination table. Moreover, the camera can also be positioned inside a doughnut-shaped scanner that resembles a computed tomography (CT) scanner. The camera usually creates pictures using a computer. These pictures offer details about the function and structure of tissues and organs inside the human body.

While a patient is undergoing a nuclear imaging procedure and the imaging is expected to begin, the camera would take continuous images. Moreover, the camera might rotate around the patient or it might stay in a particular position. At times, the patient is required to change his/her positions in between the images. The patient might also need to remain stationary for small time-periods while taking the pictures. In a few cases, the camera might move extremely to the patient’s body. This helps in obtaining images of premium quality which provides greater degree of accuracy to the results of such procedures.


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