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Title: Flexible nuclear medicine camera and method of using

A nuclear medicine camera and method of use photographically record radioactive decay particles emitted from a source, for example a small, previously undetectable breast cancer, inside a patient. The camera includes a flexible frame containing a window, a photographic film, and a scintillation screen, with or without a gamma-ray collimator. The frame flexes for following the contour of the examination site on the patient, with the window being disposed in substantially abutting contact with the skin of the patient for reducing the distance between the film and the radiation source inside the patient. The frame is removably affixed to the patient at the examination site for allowing the patient mobility to wear the frame for a predetermined exposure time period. The exposure time may be several days for obtaining early qualitative detection of small malignant neoplasms. 11 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
415744
Assignee:
Associated Universities, Inc., Washington, DC (United States) PTO; SCA: 550602; PA: EDB-97:016907; SN: 97001714612
Patent Number(s):
US 5,583,343/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-506,816; TRN: 97:001292
Contract Number:
AC02-76CH00016
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 10 Dec 1996
Research Org:
Associated Universities Inc
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; GAMMA CAMERAS; DESIGN; NEOPLASMS; DIAGNOSIS; IMAGE PROCESSING; BIOMEDICAL RADIOGRAPHY