Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine available at:

Nuclear Medicine

PRP Adamstown Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Bathurst Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Castle Hill Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5pm
Saturday 8.30am - 12noon

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Cumberland Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8.30am - 12 noon

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Dee Why Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 11.30am

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Dubbo Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Eastwood Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm
Saturday 8am to 12 noon

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Frenchs Forest Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Gosford North Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Hornsby Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
Saturday 8am to 12 noon

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Maitland Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Norwest Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm

Saturday 8.00am - 12 noon
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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Orange Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Shellharbour Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

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PRP Toukley Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Tuggerah Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Wollongong Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

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Nuclear Medicine

PRP Woy Woy Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

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  • Nuclear Medicine Explained

    Most Nuclear medicine tests use a small amount of radioactive tracer which is injected into a vein (or swallowed, depending on the procedure). Images are then taken by a gamma camera, which picks up the gamma rays released by the tracer.

    Nuclear Medicne can provide early detection of a range of diseases from heart disease, bone and joint pain to stress fractures - as well as functional information for many organs of the body (such as kidney, gall bladder, thyroid, lymph nodes) and screening for cancer. This early detection means that treatment begins sooner than conventional radiology would have even detected a problem, thus allowing for a better overall prognosis.

  • Please advise us beforehand

    These tests utilise a radioactive injection so it's very important to let us know if you are/or may be pregnant or currently breastfeeding.

    Please also let us know on booking your appointment if you have previously had any reactions to nuclear medicine radioisotope injections.

  • Preparation

    Please bring your referral, Medicare and/or Pension Health Care Card and any previous imaging relating to the region being scanned.

    We will give you instructions for the procedure you are having at the time you make your appointment. Some tests may require fasting, ceasing medications and caffeine for 24 hours prior.

  • What happens during the procedure

    Each Nuclear Medicine procedure is different. Our staff will be happy to talk your specific test through with you when you make your appointment.

    Scanning will vary depending on the examination being performed. With some scans the isotope or injection is taken up very quickly, so the scan will take approximately 30 minutes. For other examinations you may need to return for a second scan after 2-3 hours or even later. Our reception staff and our technologist will advise you at the time of booking (particularly on the day of the test) how long your specific examination will take.

  • How long does it take

    Each Nuclear Medicine test is different - in some, the injection is taken up quickly, meaning the scan can be completed in approx 30 minutes, where others may require you to return for a scan 2 - 3 hours later. Our staff will be happy to talk your specific test through with you when you make your appointment.

  • After Your Examination

    As the amount of radiation your body will emitt is dependent on the procedure you have done, it is recommended that you minimise close contact with others (especially babies and small children) for up to 24 hours.

  • Your images and report

    As there is a large amount of data to be processed for some Nuclear Medicine results, your results may not be ready straight away. We will advise you at the time of your booking when they will be ready. PRP will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

    Please bring any previous images with you for comparison.

    It is important that you return to your doctor with your examination results. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.

  • Special precautions

    Allergic reactions to contrast material can occur but significant reactions are rare, and generally respond to adrenalin. Our staff members are equipped and trained to treat contrast reactions. Some scans create a slight sensation of heating. There are no adverse effects to the magnetic fields or radio waves used to generate the images.

Service - Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

A safe and non-invasive imaging test, nuclear medicine scans provide information about both the function and anatomy of the human body. The test involves the administration of a small dose of radiation to a patient, in order to detect a wide array of pathologies and conditions.

This content is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you would like any clarifications, please contact your local practice.