Scintigraphy is a medical imaging technique that uses radioactive substances (isotopes) and is used when traditional medical imaging (X-rays, CT, ultrasound) does not provide sufficient information about an animal's problem or disorder.
The substances are harmless for your animal and the radiation load is minimal. The radioactive particle loses its radiation after a period of time. This is called half-life. It varies according to the substance and determines how long your pet emits radioactivity. Not only the decay of the isotope, but also the pace at which your animal secretes the substance through urine or faeces is important.
The technique is very sensitive so it can show problems at a very early stage. Another advantage of this technique is that it can often show an image of the entire animal which is not that obvious with other techniques. The results in scintigraphy are often combined with other medical imaging techniques to come to a correct diagnosis.
Scintigraphy is recommended for examining:
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