Types of isotope dating

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These are detected by a PET camera and give very precise indications of their origin.

PET's most important clinical role is in oncology, with fluorine-18 as the tracer, since it has proven to be the most accurate non-invasive method of detecting and evaluating most cancers. New procedures combine PET with computed X-ray tomography (CT) scans to give co-registration of the two images (PET-CT), enabling 30% better diagnosis than with a traditional gamma camera alone.

In Australia there are about 560,000 per year, 470,000 of these using reactor isotopes.

The use of radiopharmaceuticals in diagnosis is growing at over 10% per year.

If a series of images is taken over a period of time, an unusual pattern or rate of isotope movement could indicate malfunction in the organ.

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Positioning of the radiation source within (rather than external to) the body is the fundamental difference between nuclear medicine imaging and other imaging techniques such as X-rays.

The earliest technique developed uses single photons detected by a gamma camera which can view organs from many different angles.

The camera builds up an image from the points from which radiation is emitted; this image is enhanced by a computer and viewed on a monitor for indications of abnormal conditions.

In developed countries (26% of world population) the frequency of diagnostic nuclear medicine is 1.9% per year, and the frequency of therapy with radioisotopes is about one-tenth of this.

In the USA there are over 20 million nuclear medicine procedures per year, and in Europe about 10 million.

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