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May 10, 1965

Use of the Scintillation Camera to Reduce Radioisotope Scanning Time

Author Affiliations

From the Donner Laboratory of Medical Physics and Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gottschalk is now with the Department of Radiology, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago.

JAMA. 1965;192(6):448-452. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080190014004

The scintillation camera, when used either with positron or gamma-ray emitters, will image organs in a much shorter time than the focused-collimator scanner. Frequently, pictures can be taken in one tenth the time required for conventional scanning. As a result, acutely ill, agitated, or uncooperative patients can be examined. In addition, the short exposures encourage obtaining oblique and lateral views. These permit a more precise localization of the lesion and improve the diagnostic accuracy of the scanning procedure. Clinical use of the scintillation camera is expected to become widespread in years to come. It should be particularly valuable for stop-motion studies of dynamic physiological processes.