Nuclear Medicine - Hope Island
Siemens SYMBIA T Gamma Camera (Hope Island)
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The Siemens Symbia T Gamma Camera is a TruePointTM SPECT / CT system which combines a dual detector variable angle gamma camera with a Computed Tomography scanner which is optimized for fast, accurate attenuation correction of nuclear data.
The Symbia T expands the role of nuclear medicine into routine surgical planning, orthopaedics, advanced cardiology and general nuclear medicine. The Siemens Symbia T Gamma Camera’s innovative IQ.SPECTTM combined with its exceptional NEMA sensitivity offering minimum dose SPECT / CT scanning while providing the highest possible nuclear medicine imaging.
How it works
Nuclear Medicine uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and stage the severity of many disease states in the human body. Cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and many other disease states can be diagnosed using nuclear medicine. Nuclear Medicine provides information
The radioactive material called a radio tracer is injected into the body (via a vein, similar to a blood test), swallowed or inhaled as a gas, where eventually the radio tracer will accumulate in the organ or area of the body being examined. The radiotracer is made up of two components, the “radioactive part” of the tracer which allows it to be followed and scanned throughout the body, and the “pharmaceutical part” of the tracer which actually determines which part of the body the radiotracer will accumulate in. Radioactive emissions from the radiotracer (usually gamma rays) are detected by a special imaging device called a gamma camera. The data collected by the gamma camera is stored on a computer for analysis, post processing and display.
With advances of technology, it is now common place to superimpose the nuclear medicine gamma camera images with computed tomography (CT) data to produce views of the organ or area of interest. This is commonly called image fusion or image co-registration. This image fusion allows the information of two different examinations to be combined and interpreted as one.
Nuclear Medicine scan Advantages over Other Types of Scans:
Nuclear Medicine provides a fast effective and accurate diagnosis of a wide range of disease states in the body in patients of any age. Due to the nature and behaviour of the radio tracers used in Nuclear Medicine, disease states can be diagnosed in the earlier stages, and often prior to any changes being evident on X-Rays, CT or Ultrasound studies. Nuclear medicine is a painless procedure, with minimal radiation doses to the patient undergoing the study.