Why Upgrading Nuclear Medicine Information System Software is Important
When radioactivity was first used for medical purposes in clinical research and diagnosis, simple calculations were required to measure the level of nuclear radiation between samples. However, calculating ratios required division, a more difﬁcult task. It was made easy using the slide rule, which was used until the early 1970s. Small portable electronic calculators were introduced into nuclear medicine testing and analysis which replaced the slide rule enabling advanced calculation of radioactivity levels in samples.
As technology advanced past mathematical equations, computer technology was leveraged to provide even more insight and diagnostic capabilities. Today, computer software applied to nuclear medicine camera technology enables in-depth calculations and exacting diagnosis for specific areas of medicine including disease detection, cardiac care, and the diagnosis of brain disorders.
To understand how computer software advances the capabilities of nuclear medicine, it is important to note there are three types of nuclear medicine scans that are most effective when paired with up-to-date nuclear medicine information system software:
- CT scans
- SPECT scans
- PET scans
The most basic nuclear medicine camera is accomplished with planar systems or, planar scintigraphy, images. These types of scans distribute radioactive material in a single two-dimensional image, comparable to a planar X-ray scan, better known as a computed tomography (CT) scan. These types of scans are mostly used for whole-body screening for tumors, particularly bone and metastatic tumors.
The second type of nuclear camera that uses advanced computer processing for diagnosis or monitoring is a single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scan. A SPECT scan is a type of nuclear imaging test that uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create 3-D pictures. Where an x-ray shows a picture on the inside of the body, a SPECT scan can show how the organ is working, not just what it looks like. This advanced medical scan lets your doctor analyze the function of some internal organs.
SPECT nuclear medicine enables medical professionals to diagnose or monitor brain disorders, heart problems, or bone disorders. This is made possible because the nuclear camera function of the SPECT scan is integrated with nuclear medicine information system software.
The third type of scan that utilizes nuclear imaging and computer software is a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. This scan uses a special dye containing radioactive tracers. These tracers are either swallowed, inhaled, or injected into a patient. Certain organs and tissues then absorb the tracer. When detected by a PET scanner, the tracers help doctors see how well organs and tissues are working.
No matter what type of nuclear medicine camera is used, CT, SPECT, or PET, it is important to note that technology is extended with nuclear information system software. To ensure patients are getting the most advanced medical care, software should always be current and when possible upgraded.
5 Reasons to Upgrade Nuclear Information System Software
Keeping your nuclear information system software updated is not only beneficial for the patient, but also the facility’s personnel and financials. Below are five main reasons to upgrade.
- Extends the lifespan of the system for a fraction of the cost of a new system
- Alleviates Windows XP security concerns when the Computer/Software is upgraded to Windows 10
- Enables Remote Diagnostics & Applications Support
- Decreases the scan time and/or doses
- Provides Full Worklist Functionality
As a result, nuclear information system software upgrades help the medical professionals using the machine, patients whose livelihood depends on the diagnostics, and the medical facility’s bottom line.
For over 20 years Medical Imaging Technologies has provided nuclear medicine departments with substantial savings on nuclear imaging systems, parts, accessories and service, making them your one source for all nuclear medicine needs.
Medical Imaging Technologies can upgrade many current SPECT & Planar systems with a new Windows 10 computer system. These systems allow for half-time (HT) or half-dose (HD) imaging options. We also have an extensive inventory of pre-owned processing and acquisition computers.
Want to find out more? Our team of nuclear engineers can provide you with the expertise, savings, and the prompt response you need to keep your department running effectively. Feel free to contact us via phone at (888) 298-1207 or by filling out our contact form. We’d be happy to discuss the products and services offered by Medical Imaging Technologies and answer any questions you may have!