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Radionuclide Imaging of Skeletal Implants

  • Vetri Sudar Jayaprakasam
  • Patrick Fielding
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Abstract

Radionuclides are atomic species that are inherently unstable and decay emitting energy in the form of ionising radiation. Nuclear medicine or radionuclide imaging studies use a variety of radionuclides, usually bound to a further molecule to form a radiopharmaceutical. The radionuclide acts as the marker that allows localisation and formation of an image with a camera/scanner system, whilst the radiopharmaceutical (with the carrier molecule) gives the tracer specificity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Hospital of WalesCardiffUK

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