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Proper Use of a Neck Phantom for Thyroid Uptakes

October 27, 2016
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

The use of a phantom mimicking a thyroid in a neck is recommended to determine the sensitivity of the measuring device during in-vivo thyroid uptake assessments. Several sources of inaccuracy and inconsistency have been recognized over the years with this procedure. Construction of the thyroid neck phantom to simulate the absorption and scatter characteristics of a human neck was one of the first steps towards adequate standardization of the thyroid uptake test. For a realistic representation, the phantom material should have radiation absorption and scatter characteristics similar to those of human soft tissue, and the calibration depth should be about 2 to 2.5 cm. >>



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Dose Calibrator Linearity Testing

June 24, 2016
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Linearity testing assesses the ability of the dose calibrator to indicate the correct activity over the range of use of the calibrator.  This test is usually performed using a vial or syringe of Tc-99m whose activity is at least as large as the maximum activity normally measured in a prepared radiopharmaceutical kit, in a unit dosage syringe given to a patient, or in a radiopharmaceutical therapy, whichever is largest. For users of Mo-99/Tc-99m generators this activity may be the total eluate from a fresh generator. Other isotopes can be used to perform linearity such as F-18. >>



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Dispensing Xenon Xe-133 Gas

October 26, 2015
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Xenon Xe-133 Gas is supplied in a mixture of xenon gas (5%) in carbon dioxide (95%). It is contained within septum sealed glass vials and has been proven valuable in the diagnostic evaluation of pulmonary function and imaging of the lungs, as well as assessment of cerebral blood flow. >>



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Simple Solution to Reduce Exposure from Patient to Technologist

August 11, 2015
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

There is a lot of concern about diagnostic testing and the use of radiation in the medical field. The concern is equally justifiable for both the patient and health care professional during the procedure. Many reports have been published listing recommendations on how to reduce exposure to both parties. >>



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Spilled Gas Clearance Time

May 12, 2015
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Noble gases such as Xenon in the air present an external source of radiation exposure that must be calculated.  Many commercially available dosimeters and survey instruments are not capable of accurately measuring worker doses from immersion in noble gases . >>



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