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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that involves the use of radioactive substance for diagnosis and treatment. The radioactive tracer is most commonly injected into the blood stream via a vein, and the tracers are detected by a nuclear medicine gamma camera. The camera or cameras rotate over a 360 degree arc around the patient, allowing for reconstruction of an image in three dimensions.

There are very low levels of risk from the radioactive tracer. The amount of radiation varies but by utilising the latest technology we are able to keep your radiation exposure as low as possible. The radiation related risks are very small and the risk of missing a serious problem if you don’t have a scan could be much higher.

The imaging used to scan with radioactive tracers is known as SPECT-CT. This is where two different types of scans are taken and the images or pictures from each are merged together. The combined scan can provide more precise information about how different parts of the body function and more clearly identify problems.

The most common indications for Nuclear Medication scans are:

  • Specialist scans for NETs including
    • Indium-III Octreotate (Pentetriotide) scan
    • Iodine-123 MIBG scan
    • FDG PET Scan
    • Gallium-68 DOTA Octreotate PET Scan
  • Bone scan SPECT-CT (for spinal imaging & other orthopaedic imaging)
  • White cell infection imaging
  • Parathyroid and thyroid
  • Renal and lung (VQ SPECT)
  • Myocardial perfusion SPECT (detect blood supply to heart muscle)

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