- diagnose disease states, such as cancer or heart disease
- show the extent of injury to body structures
- to aid in interventional procedures, such as angiography.
NZ Medical Imaging
Procedures / Treatments
Bone scanning is a well established technique and is one of the most reliable, sensitive and valuable procedures in scintigraphy. The scan can detect abnormalities weeks to months before routine skeletal x-rays.… More
Myocardial perfusion imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic test to compare the blood flow to the heart muscle (myocardium) at rest and during exercise as a means of detecting coronary artery disease.… More
Hepatobiliary scans are used to: diagnose acute cholecystitis evaluate extrahepatic biliary tract obstruction evaluate post-surgical biliary tract evaluate Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction detect bile leaks diagnose biliary atresia and other congenital anomalies of the biliary tract evaluate liver transplants investigate unexplained pain.… More
Liver/Spleen Colloid Study
Used to: assess chronic liver disease assess liver or spleen size and configuration diagnose focal nodular hyperplasia. More
A renal scan is used to: assess the relative function of each kidney check for renal scarring evaluate congenital abnormalities.… More
A renogram (DTPA or MAG3) provides information relating to renal vascularity, renal function and excretion. It is used in cases of: renal obstruction assessment of transplants to differentiate a dilated from an obstructed renal collecting system diagnosis of renal artery stenosis. More
Lymph Nodes Mapping
Cancers can spread either by haematogenous (blood) routes to bones, lungs, liver, or brain or by lymphatic routes to lymph nodes.… More
Gastric Emptying Scan
A Scintigraphy or Nuclear Medicine gastric emptying study provides a simple non-invasive means of quantitating gastric (stomach) emptying rate and transit of food along the small intestine.… More
Colonic Transit Scan
A Scintigraphy Colonic Transit scan is a simple and easy way to follow the transit of food along the small intestine and colon (large intestine).… More
A thyroid scintigraphy scan is a simple and easy way to see the size and function of the thyroid gland. They are used to: evaluate thyroid lumps known as nodules evaluate hyperthyroidism (production of more thyroid hormone than is needed) quantify thyroid function (by calculating the quantity of tracer uptake… More
Used to diagnose pulmonary embolism and evaluate regional pulmonary perfusion and/or ventilation. More
General Information of Scintigraphy
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General information on what kinds of scintigraphy scans are performed for certain indications.
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