For the last five years, we have offered patients services in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine, ranging from scintigraphic scans and radioimmunoassay, to radioiodine therapy and ablation for patients with toxic goiters and functioning thyroid cancers respectively.
Currently, we are using a Philips Meridian single-head gamma camera to acquire both planar imaging, and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), of selected body systems, the interpretation of which is used in the diagnoses and staging of various diseases and illnesses.
In performing scintigraphies (or nuclear medicine imaging procedures), patients are first oriented, prepared and scheduled, for the procedure. On the day of procedure, they are then administered a specific radiopharmaceutical intravenously or orally, depending on the scan to be performed, and the body system to be studied. The gamma camera is then used to acquire or capture images and data in the form of scintigrams. Nuclear medicine physicians then interpret and report on the results, thereby assisting referring physicians in disease diagnosis, staging or management.