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Radionuclide imaging

Synonym(s)

  • isotope scan
  • nuclear medicine imaging procedure
  • radioisotope study
  • radionuclide scanning
  • RI scan
  • scintigraphy

Definition(s)

Process whereby a radionuclide is injected or measured (through tissue) from an external source, and a display is obtained from any one of several rectilinear scanner or gamma camera systems. The image obtained from a moving detector is called a scan, while the image obtained from a stationary camera device is called a scintiphotograph.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

A test that produces pictures (scans) of internal parts of the body. The person is given an injection or swallows a small amount of radioactive material; a machine called a scanner then measures the radioactivity in certain organs.

Definition from:  National Cancer Institute dictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference.

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See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: September 15, 2014