Woman scanned by a gamma camera

Woman scanned by a gamma camera

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Caption: Gamma scanning. Gamma camera scans a woman as part of a scintigraphy diagnostic procedure. Scintigraphy involves a patient being injected with or swallowing a radioactive substance which gives off high-energy electromag- netic waves (gamma rays). The radioactive substance is taken up in different concentrations by different parts of the body. The gamma rays pass through tissue to a gamma camera which monitors the distribution of radioactivity within the body. The images produced by the camera reflect how the body is functioning, as active areas take up more of the radioactive substance.

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