How Nuclear Technology Assists in Cardiac Care
Did you know that nearly half of all U.S. adults suffer from some type of cardiovascular disease? Cardiac care is an important area to consistently check-in on to ensure quality health. Whether it be a routine physical checkup or a specialty doctor visit, the different nuclear medicine machines that may be used are key to producing quality and dependable results. Perhaps the most important nuclear technology in the office is the gamma camera, otherwise known as the nuclear camera.
What is a Gamma Camera?
A gamma camera is a machine used for detecting radioactive energy that is emitted from a patient’s body. If radioactive energy is found, the machine will then turn the findings into an image that can easily be viewed by the doctor. It’s important to note that these cameras do not emit any radiation themselves.
During nuclear medicine exams, radioactive material called radiopharmaceuticals, or radiotracers, are swallowed, inhaled as a gas, or injected into the bloodstream of the patient. The radiotracers build-up in the body and produce a small amount of energy in the form of gamma rays. The gamma camera then detects this energy and creates an image.
Once this image is produced, the doctor looks for any “hot” or “cold” areas of radiotracers. A “hot spot” is a dense buildup of radiotracers in a small area, whereas a “cold spot” is a smaller and less active concentration of radiotracers.
How Do Gamma Cameras Assist with Cardiac Health Care?
Gamma cameras can be used to perform many kinds of procedures and checkups including those pertaining to cardiac care. While using a nuclear camera, doctors are able to assess heart blood flow and function, coronary artery diseases, heart attack damage, heart function during chemotherapy, treatment options such as bypass heart surgery, and much more. With heart-related issues and diseases on the rise, these types of nuclear imaging services are becoming more prevalent.
Nuclear medicine machines can also help identify and diagnose issues with other parts of the body like the lungs, brain, and bones.
How to Ensure Gamma Cameras Produce Accurate Results
Nuclear medicine machines are designed to last and perform for years, but as with all machinery and equipment, servicing and repairs are eventually needed. It’s imperative that these machines produce accurate results in order to properly diagnose patients. That’s why it’s important to find a company that can service your equipment, provide replacement parts, and even offer new equipment when deemed necessary.
For over 20 years Medical Imaging Technologies has provided nuclear medicine departments with substantial savings on nuclear imaging systems, gamma cameras, parts, accessories and service, making them your one source for all nuclear medicine needs. Our extensive inventory and team of nuclear engineers can provide you with the expertise, savings and the prompt response you need to keep your department running effectively.
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