Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine imaging provides early detection for a range of diseases, including heart disease, bone and joint pathology and other organ dysfunction in the body. The scans involve the use of medical tracers that allow for functional imaging of your organs. This functional imaging allows for early detection of abnormalities and means that treatment can begin sooner, thus improving the overall patient prognosis.

a doctor examining patient for nuclear medicine imaging

Nuclear Medicine Services available at PRP Clinics

Bone Scan

  • Early detection and diagnosis of bone and joint abnormalities
  • No preparation
  • Two part test
Bone Scan Services

Myocardial Perfusion Scan

  • Identify areas of reduced blood flow in the heart
  • Preparation Required
Myocardial Perfusion Scan Services

V/Q Lung Scan

  • Assess and diagnose pulmonary embolism
  • No preparation
  • One part test
V/Q Lung Scan Services

Biliary Scan

  • Assessment of gallbladder ejection fraction
  • Diagnose a bile duct obstruction
  • Substantial meal required 6 hours prior to the scan
Biliary Scan Services

DTPA Renogram

  • Test to assess relative renal function
  • May need to fast prior
  • The scan usually takes between 45-90 minutes
DTPA Renogram Services

Gallium Scan

  • Used to detect infection and inflammation in the body
  • No preparation
Gallium Scan Services

Parathyroid Scan

  • Identify a functioning parathyroid adenoma
  • No iodine contrast 4 weeks prior
  • Two part test
Parathyroid Scan Services

Thyroid Scan

  • Assess overall thyroid function and detection of thyroid nodules
  • No iodine contrast or medication for 4 weeks prior - Consult with your Doctor prior
  • One part test
Thyroid Scan Services

White Blood Cell Scan

  • Used to investigate areas of inflammation for infection
  • No preparation
White Blood Cell Scan Services

What You Need To Know About Nuclear Medicine Procedures

What is Nuclear Medicine?

When facing a health challenge, your doctor may refer you for a nuclear medicine scan. This type of test can help doctors evaluate how well your organs function or give them more information about how an injury or disease affects your body.

How does Nuclear Medicine Work?

Nuclear medicine is a specific scanning process used to identify and sometimes treat diseases in their earliest stages, long before they appear on other tests.

Nuclear medicine utilises radioactive materials, called radiotracers or radiopharmaceuticals, usually injected into the body, to diagnose or treat disease. The radiopharmaceuticals may also be swallowed or inhaled, depending on the procedure.

The radiopharmaceuticals target specific organs, bones or tissues, emitting low-energy radiation as they travel through the body. This radiation is then detected by a special camera called a gamma camera.

Other types of scans, such as CT scans and X-rays, use external sources to generate radiation. Nuclear medicine scans are generated by detecting the radioactive pharmaceuticals distributed within the body.

What Are The Benefits Of Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine is used by doctors to diagnose a broad range of medical conditions. It shows abnormalities in an organ, bone or tissue long before other diagnostic methods and it provides functional information that cannot usually be obtained using other imaging tests.

Nuclear Medicine scans are highly sensitive, which means that the scans are useful in finding subtle abnormalities that are often not visualised on other conventional imaging services.

Most Nuclear Medicine injections do not have any side effects or allergy risks, so it is a safe alternative imaging test for Patients unable to undertake other imaging procedures.

How To Prepare For Your Nuclear Medicine Procedure

How To Prepare For Nuclear Medicine Scanning

If you have been referred by a Doctor for a Nuclear Medicine scan, understanding how to prepare for your scan is important.

When you make an appointment with PRP Diagnostic Imaging, the specific preparation for your scan will be explained to you in detail. Additionally, our friendly staff can answer any questions you may have about your test.

What Are The Risks Involved In Nuclear Medicine?

Health risks associated with Nuclear Medicine procedures are considered very low. While nuclear medicine scans use some radiation, the amount used in the process is considered safe. Radiation exposure levels are about the same as for a CT scan.

The risk of an allergic reaction to Nuclear Medicine radiopharmaceuticals is very low and considered extremely rare. If you have any concerns, please ask one of our friendly staff members or consult your referring doctor.

What To Do After A Nuclear Medicine Procedure?

The type of aftercare you require will depend on the type of procedure you’ve undertaken. However, there are some general guidelines to follow after nuclear medicine scans. All of these precautions will be explained to you prior to your scan, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns with our staff.

  • Stay hydrated to help flush the tracer injections from your body.
  • Avoid close contact with pregnant women and young children immediately after your scans.
  • Attend a follow-up appointment with your doctor to discuss the result of your scan.

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