Radioisotope Scintillation Scanning

What is Radioisotope Scintillation Scanning?

Radioisotope Scintillation Scanning meaning In nuclear medicine, radioactive substances known as radioisotopes are administered to the patient in order to diagnose disease. A radioactive isotope disintegrates spontaneously (ultimately losing its radioactivity) and emits gamma rays from within the body which enable the physician to visualize internal abnormalities. This differs from a x-ray are passed through the body from an external source.The concentrated isotopes outline the tumor or organ making it visible on the photoscanner by the emission of radioactive energy.

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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