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Nuclear medicine imaging gives physicians a detailed look inside the human body. Nuclear medicine procedures, commonly called "scans," provide information about both the anatomy of the body and the function of an organ. The techniques used in nuclear medicine combine the use of computers, detectors, and radioactive substances.
Unlike other imaging technologies like X-ray or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that provide structural or geographic information, nuclear medicine detects activity on a molecular level. The system works by detecting benign radiation emitted from a radioisotope given to a patient. Once inside the patient, the radioisotope is attracted to a specific organ or area of the body. These areas absorb the radioisotope in quantities greater than those absorbed by surrounding tissues. The radioisotope highlights the area to be examined thus permitting images of the internal body structures and other functions. Because of this, a nuclear medicine scan can detect things like cancerous lesions in the lungs well before they are large enough to be identified by other means.
Using Siemens e.cam nuclear medicine equipment, we provide earlier detection and staging of cancer, heart disease, and other hard-to-diagnose disorders. The system's design enhances patient comfort and enables technicians to perform highly accurate organ and tissue-specific studies while accommodating patients of all sizes and body types.