A historical survey of scintigraphic methodology for evaluation of the reproductive tract

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Abstract

Scintigraphic techniques have contributed to many aspects of our understanding of genital and reproductive physiology and pathophysiology. Few of these methods have become mainstream diagnostic techniques; nonetheless, their flexible, physiologic, and intrinsically quantitative nature have contributed information and insights not readily available by other means. The techniques discussed in this review measure various dynamic process within the body, including blood flow, variation of blood volume, and lymphatic and fallopian tube transport. Dynamic measurement of these processes exploits nuclear medicine's ability to radiolabel and monitor substances while preserving normal physiologic behavior. Consideration of these methods will potentially stimulate future development and application of radionuclide techniques to emerging questions in the fields of reproductive and genital physiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-168
Number of pages9
JournalQuarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Volume46
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Blood flow velocity
  • Hysterosalpingography
  • Lymph nodes, radionuclide imaging
  • Technetium
  • Urogenital system, physiology
  • Urogenital system, radionuclide imaging
  • Xenon isotopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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