Scintigraphy is an imaging technique that involves tracking the distribution, in a patient's body, of very low doses of radioactive elements.
Each element is chosen according to its affinity for the organ under study.
In addition to the progression of the radioactive elements through the human body, their fixation in the interior of certain tissues is detected.
Because they are radioactive, these elements disintegrate, releasing a gamma photon. This radiation is detected by one or more gamma detecting cameras.
This technique permits a highly targeted exploration of certain organs or pathological processes.
Scintigraphy is a method that produces images of the functioning of organs, as opposed to merely anatomical images (as in X-rays), which show only the contours and the densities of organs.
The examination is painless, and has no side effects.