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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.
Equine clinic from a loca l hospital pharmacy, already calibrated 14. Smith, up and manag ing an effective radiopharmacy. w. G. (1998)The urinary tract. W. C. f. Sharp, Oxford Univrrsity and labelled. Press, Oxford. Pr> 213-234. 15. R. J. (1987) Renal imaging. 1: Renal scintigraphy. R. B. Daniel, North Carolina State Univf:'r~ity, North Carolina. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The following people have been invaluable in helping to produce this chapter. Their advice, knowledge and practi ca l support are deeply appreciated: Miss Elizabeth Pitcher, Medical Physi c ist, Rristol General Hospital, UK and Dr Adrian Parkin, M edical Physicist, Addcnbruokc's Hospita l, Cambridge, UK.
The source must be located directly perpendicular to the centre of the camera (Figure 15). If it is positioned above the camera, be absolutely certain that it cannot fall and hit the camera, risking a cracked crystal and the major cost of replacing it. Also, cover the crystal with a thin sheet of foam rubber or polystyrene to protect from the shock of such an event. For efficiency calculations, the source-to-camera distance must be exadly the same from week to week, and the source size (megaBecquerels) must be measured accurately and recorded within 15-20 mins of the time of flooding, or source size must be decay corrected.