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How does a DEXA scan work?

How does a DEXA scan work?

Sending two waves: The dxa (stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) machine sends beams of low-radiation x-rays with "two" distinct energy waves (hence the name dual) through the bones being scanned. One wave is absorbed mainly by soft tissue and the other by bone. The soft tissue amount can be subtracted from the total and what remains is a patient's bone mineral density. Hope this helps ! ...Read more

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How does a bone scan work?

How does a bone scan work?

Images calcium metab: Usually in adults the bone scan is used to detect metastatic cancer. It also is frequently used to evaluate for possible stress fractures in people with bone pain. There are many additional uses. It works by injecting a tracer that is taken up in bone similar to calcium. The small amount of radioactivity is then imaged with a camera (gamma or pet) utilizing fluorescence from the crystal. ...Read more

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How does nuclear medicine do a bone scan?

How does nuclear medicine do a bone scan?

Tc-99m-MDP Bone Scan: Bone scan often provides an earlier diagnosis and demonstrates more lesions than are found by radiographic procedures.Tc-99m-mdp (methylene diphosphonate) is a bone seeking agent that concentrates in the mineral phase of bone. 2-3 hours after injection, 50%-60% of the activity localizing in bone and the remainder is cleared by the kidneys. F18-naf bone scans are done with pet cameras, r + expensive. ...Read more

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How can a CT scan actually work?

How can a CT scan actually work?

Multiple projections: A ct cross-sectional image (slice) is reconstructed from a combination of xrays shot from multiple directions/projections; therefore, there is no overlap of body parts and much better contrast compares to traditional xray images.. ...Read more

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How do bone scan and a pet scan differ?

How do bone scan and a pet scan differ?

Tracers..: The tracers are different. Bone scan usually uses TcMDP and PET scan uses F18-FDG (glucose). The bone scan is good for showing osteoblastic bone lesions and shows increased bone activity around a metastasis but not the actual metastasis itself. The PET can show glucose uptake in the actual tumor itself. PET is better for lytic bone lesions. CT part of PET/CT can show lytic and blastic lesions. ...Read more

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How much does it cost for a thyroid uptake scan?

How much does it cost for a thyroid uptake scan?

Check with insurance: With so many different insurance plans and variability, the cost ranges considerably. Call your insurance carrier to see. If out of pocket, $1000 is a good average cost to start with. ...Read more

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How do a pet scan and a MRI scan differ?

How do a pet scan and a MRI scan differ?

See below: An MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is a study that provides anatomical description of a part of your body. A pet scan can provide further information aside from how it looks or appears. It utilizes radioactive material or tracers that see how cells in your body function. It can detect cancer cells not evident on MRI or ct, heart disease, infection and even neurological conditions like dementia. ...Read more

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How do a CT scan and a MRI differ?

How do a CT scan and a MRI differ?

Imaging tests: Ct uses radiation, like multiple x-rays. Mri uses magnets, and is very useful in characterizing soft tissue differences such as in the brain or joints, but also is more expensive and takes much more time. ...Read more

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How long does a thyroid scan test take?

How long does a thyroid scan test take?

Varies: A thyroid uptake and scan may be done with different isotopes and protocols resulting in scan time variation. Typically is done with i-123; you take the capsule one day and you come back the next day at 24 hr for a neck scan that takes aprox 15-20 minutes. In certain circumstances some places do this scan at 4-6 hours after you take the capsule. ...Read more

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How much does it cost me to get a pet CT scan in india?

How much does it cost me to get a pet CT scan in india?

Unlike many imaging: Procedures, whereeach test tries to pay off the cost of the instrument, each pet scan needs to buy a cyclotron produced dose of flurodeoxyglucose. It has a short half life, and it must be paid as well as the scanner. These will always have high cost of production so medical tourism may not work as well as for a procedure or a simple diagnostic study. ...Read more

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How does a biopsy work?

How does a biopsy work?

Laboratory: First you obtain a sample of the tissue or fluid . Second to send it to the pathology laboratory for identification, benign or malignant, classification if malignant, then for referral for treatment, even if not malignant. ...Read more

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How does a heart ultrasound work?

How does a heart ultrasound work?

Echocardiogram: Acoustic waves (in the mega-hz so they can't be heard) are sent from the probe and the time the reflected wave takes to return is measured. This is similar to sonar. For moving structures, like valves and blood, the machine takes advantage of the doppler effect (notice the change in tone of the train whistle as it passes a station) to measure velocities. ...Read more

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How much time does and MRI scan take?

How much time does and MRI scan take?

It depends: It depends on the type of scan. Probably 20-45 minutes for most scans. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a contrast head CT to detect cancer?

How long does it take for a contrast head CT to detect cancer?

When test is over : As soon as lest (ct) is over will know any lesion is present or absent in 3 mts. If any lesion present then then will need a series of specialist consultations to find what it is, may even need biopsy. ...Read more

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How do a pet scan and a CT scan differ?

Anatomic/physiologic: Pet scan involves intravenous injection of radio tracer usually f18 fdg.Imaging of whole body occurs for localization of areas of increased glucose metabolism. Malignant tumors usually most active.Ct scan involves x-ray and performs anatomic imaging of parts of body usually head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, or extremities. Pet?Ct combines imaging modalities for anatomic localization of areas of uptake. ...Read more

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How long does it take for contrast dye from a CT scan to leave your body?

How long does it take for contrast dye from a CT scan to leave your body?

24 hours: In a patient with normal renal function, contrast should be out of your system within 24 hours. ...Read more