Using small amounts of radioactive material (isotopes) to produce images of the inside of your body.
What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine is used for many types of cancers, heart disease, as well as gastrointestinal, endocrine or neurological disorders.
Nuclear medicine exams can be used to identify disease in its earliest stages. They can also be used to show whether you are responding to treatment.
Depending on the area of your body that needs to be examined, an isotope may be injected, swallowed, inhaled or given as eye drops.
A gamma camera picks up the radiation coming from your body, and creates an image which shows areas that are not functioning properly.
The radioactive isotope (radiotracer) accumulates in areas where there is a high level of chemical or metabolic activity – these are called ‘hot spots’.
Hot spots can be used to identify uncontrolled over-production of cells caused by cancer.
If there is reduced activity in areas of your body, there will be lower amounts of radiotracer.
These ‘cold spots’ can be used to identify organs, glands or other parts of your body that are not functioning properly.
Diagnostic tests we provide
We offer a wide range of nuclear medicine examinations, including these scans:
- Bone scans
- Gastric emptying study
- GI (gastrointestinal) bleed scan
- HIDA (hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid) scan
- Indirect cystogram
- I-123 DaTscan for Parkinson’s disease
- Lacrimal scintigraphy
- Lung VQ (ventilation perfusion) scan
- Meckel's scan for Meckel's diverticulum
- Myocardial perfusion scan
- Parathyroid SPECT/CT scan
- Renal DMSA scan
- Renal MAG3 renogram
- SeHCAT scan for bile malabsorption
- Sentinel node imaging
- Thyroid scan.
In addition, our physics and radiotherapy team can provide I-131 Ablation, Lutetium-177 PSMA, Lu-177 Lutathera, and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT).