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What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic imaging modality which can be used to show the functions of body organs, as well as its anatomy. This provides valuable diagnostic capabilities as well as therapeutic applications to patients. Nuclear Medicine involves very small amounts of radioactive substances, or tracers that are attracted to specific organs in the body in order to diagnose or treat symptoms. Generally, the radiation to the patient is similar to that resulting from a standard x-ray/CT examination.

Are there any side-effects?

There are no documented side-effects in relation to nuclear medicine studies. None of the injections contain iodine, so patients with iodine allergies are able to have a nuclear medicine scan without any ill effects.

What does the Camera look like?

During most nuclear medicine examinations, you will lie down on a scanning table. There are two detectors which are able to generate an image, that move over the body in the area of interest. For most examinations your head will not go under the detectors.

Siemens Symbia SPECT/CT gamma camera

Philips Brightview SPECT/CT gamma camera

Lunar Prodigy Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) Machine

When can I get the results?

The results will be processed by a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and then be interpreted by the Nuclear Medicine Physician. You will be able to take your images with you on the day and the report will be sent straight to your referring doctor.