Software, Nuclear Medicine Study, Pulmonary
Definition : Nuclear medicine study software designed to acquire, process, and archive data and images obtained from lung studies. The study is usually performed in two parts: first, a series of images are taken after inhalation of a radioactive gas to show the tissue of the lungs; then, a radioactive substance is injected in the bloodstream and more images are taken to check the blood supply to the lungs. This software usually works with a nuclear medicine and/or gamma camera workstation and may also interact with other devices used in the procedures such as scanning gamma cameras. Lung nuclear medicine study software is intended to work only with one or a few models of nuclear medicine equipment and related devices, usually supplied by the same manufacturer. This also facilitates the processing and/or sending of data to other nuclear medicine workstations and hospital information systems. Lung nuclear medicine studies are used mainly to detect air and/or blood circulation in the lungs, especially to find blood clots in the lungs (i.e., to diagnose pulmonary embolism). The software may or may not be available separate from the nuclear medicine equipment and may be updated and/or upgraded (i.e., through the release of modified versions) during the life of the equipment.
Entry Terms : "Pulmonary Function Nuclear Medicine Study Software"
UMDC code : 26928