Equine Scintigraphy by S.J. Dyson

By S.J. Dyson

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At typical organ dC'pths, camera resolution is detNminC'd primarily by collimator rf'mlution. R1 Intrinsic resolution of camera; FWHM full width at half maximum. a) I h<' <'ffect on resolution of increased subject-to-camera distance. 4 Close to the camera (A), y-rays from the subject reach the crystal through a limited number of collimator holes, producing an image confined to area 'a' in the crystal. 'a 'b' and decreasing resolution. Provided that the projected image of the subject rC'mains within the edges of the crystal, thNC' is no decrease in the count-rate or total counts in the image for a given counting time.

If an unavoidable power failure is anticipated, the camera shou ld be turned off at the mains. When power is reconnected, the camera should be 'warmed up' for 1O mins before turning up the vol tage (gain) to the PMTs. If the power failu re is for more than a few hours, the batteries which maintain the information in the UFC w ill often be drained, and the stored fl ood lost. A new flood should then be stored once the camera is ready for use. W hen unexpected power cuts occur, again the camera should be turned off and the same protocol fo llowed on resumption of supply.

The hydraulic cargo crane probably presents the optimal system for moving the gamma camera. It can access all parts of the horse and the hydraul ic motors are kept outside the camera room so that the crane is virtua lly si lent in operation. W ireless remote controls, which are hand-held, are now available. This al lows the crane operator to stand immediately adjacent to the horse. The camera is completely moveable in all directions. One disadvantage is that the horse has to be turned around to image the contra lateral side.

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