Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography – in combination with Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) is a test that uses a special type of camera and a radioactive tracer to look at organs in the body. The tracer gives off tiny bits of radiation called gamma rays. The camera records the gamma rays. An example of a radiotracer used in SPECT/CT imaging is 99mTc. This radiotracer is produced using a medical equipment called the 99Mo/99mTc generator. KUTRRH will also be producing this isotope at the Integrated Molecular Imaging Centre (IMIC).
SPECT imaging instruments provide images of the distribution of radioactive tracer molecules that have been introduced into the patient’s body. The images are computer generated. These images are able tell what is happening inside the patient’s body.
The SPECT/CT scan allows the doctor to analyze the function of the internal organs. It is a type of nuclear imaging test, which means it uses a radioactive substance and a special camera to create 3-D pictures.