Gamma scan scintigram of a hand

Gamma scan scintigram of a hand

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Caption: Bone scan of hand. Coloured radionuclide bone scan (gamma scan or scintigram) of a human hand. A fuzzy outline of the open hand is seen, with bones coloured orange. In this diagnostic technique a radioactive tracer substance is injected into the blood that concentrates in bone. The substance is then detected using a gamma camera. Bone scans are often used to screen cancer patients for evidence of secondary disease after they have received treatment for their primary cancers.

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Keywords: anatomy, bone scan, camera, diagnosis, diagnostics, gamma scan, hand, human body, image, medical, radionuclide bone scan, red, scintigram, technique

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