Emission Computed Tomography (ECT) for Kidneys
Emission computed tomography (ECT) is a nuclear medicine tomographic imaging technique using gamma rays. The equipment can supply true 3D information about kidneys. In another words, this equipment of ECT can give you a three dimensional picture of your kidneys.
From the 3D picture of your kidney disease, doctors can measure the Blood perfusion in kidneys and GFR (glomerular filtration rate) and excretion of renal tubules accurately. All the information about kidneys can provide the most reliable evidence to diagnose the kidney disease in order to the further damage of kidney tissues. Many studies have shown that the GFR is still dropping down even if the proteinuria and hematuria turn to negative.
Besides it can help patients with kidney disease to avoid the biopsy which is a test of kidney tissues as well as a hurt for kidneys, while ECT can give an examination with no pain and no hurt. Thereby that is mainly why our hospital imported ECT to serve patients.