Molecular Imaging Technology: A Promising Frontier of Interventional Radiology
6 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2020
Date Written: January 8, 2020
Various radiological diagnostic processes like x-ray scans, ultrasonography, CT-Scans and MRI Scans are only able to provide the doctors with information regarding the physical structure of organs. In order to analyse and acquire information about what happens at the molecular level molecular imaging modality emerges as the most appropriate technology. It is safe, non-invasive, pain-less and gives the equal information that would have otherwise been obtained by invasive and painful surgeries or biopsies. Beside this, it has innumerable advantages over the other diagnostic imaging techniques ranging from early detection to prediction of reoccurrence. Different types of available molecular imaging models stands out as a detection and therapeutic procedure for health anomalies including cancer and disease related to heart, brain, gastrointestinal, lung, bone, kidney, thyroid etc. This emerging screening tool radiates the same dose of ionizing radiation as any other radiological diagnostic process but it is able to supply a great spectrum of physiological information unlike the other procedures and thus is very efficient and much more precise. In this technique, special types of cameras are used to detect the radiopharmaceuticals that work with computers to provide very precise pictures of the area of the body being imaged. Over the years it is emerging as the ultimate and most sought after diagnostic cum therapeutic procedure because of its efficient and precise contribution in the detection and treatment for cancer and tumours in medical and health research field. Hence, this paper provides an assessment of the efficacy of molecular imaging technology based on its instrumentation and clinical application which is a very promising frontier of interventional radiology.
Keywords: nuclear medicine, multimodal molecular imaging, interventional radiology, screening tool
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