- Imaging Techniques - Investigation and Report
Imaging Techniques - Investigation and Report
Medical imaging systems provide physicians with a
tissue-specific visual representation of otherwise concealed
clinical information within the body and hence enable them to
perceive and implement unambiguous diagnostic procedures.
This report investigates the clinical applications of Ultrasound
and Radioisotopes, explicates the rudimentary physical principles
of the techniques and outlines the diagnostic and therapeutic
limitations as well as the relevant patient safety aspects.
The difference in affinity of the radioisotope to attach to an
unhealthy tissue site and neighbouring healthy site limits the
resolution of the image generated which is a diagnostic limitation
of the technology. Administering radiation therapy involves side
effects which depend on the treatment, dosage, organ and the
patient and ranges from minor skin damage, hair loss and
infertility to even secondary malignant growth, which limits
non-malignant use of radiation therapy (Nieder et al., 2000).
Dedicated research is in progress to improve and make Ultrasound
and Radioisotope treatment safer.