Nuclear Scintigraphy

Nuclear Scintigraphy uses radioactive labels called radionuclides that are linked to an active marker for a specific physiologic process in the body. This combination is called a radiopharmaceutical, and is injected into the patient. The physiologic marker delivers the radioactive label to an area of interest to the clinician. Employing a special detector called a gamma camera, the gamma rays emitted from the radionuclide are counted, and can be related to organ function.

Common applications include:

  • Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)
  • Shunt detection
  • Infection localization
  • Liver function
  • Bone metabolism (Lameness, metastases)
  • Thyroid function
  • Mucociliary function
  • Cardiac function