Nuclear medicine

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What is nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a branch of diagnostic imaging that investigates functional and physiological conditions. This is done by administering small amounts of radioactive tracers.

The radiation is then detected by a gamma camera or counter to aid with diagnosis of various diseases. We also offer SPECT and SPECT/CT scans, which are nuclear imaging techniques that help create 3D pictures.

For some scans a low dose CT is obtained to help with localisation of abnormalities and to compensate for gamma ray absorption within the body.

Wide range of treatments

The nuclear medicine department at BMI Healthcare offer treatment and diagnostic testing for a wide range of chronic and life-threatening diseases and conditions including:

  • Hyperthyroidism – overactive thyroid
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Lymphomas
  • Bone pain from cancer
  • Blood disorders

Nuclear medicine is also used to:

  • Detect coronary heart disease
  • Evaluate the damage to the heart after a heart attack
  • Assess heart function both before and after chemotherapy
  • Assess lungs for respiratory and blood flow issues
  • Identify lung transplant rejection
  • Identify bone fractures and arthritis
  • Assess bone tumours
  • Identify neurological disorders such as, Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Identify brain tumours
  • Investigate neurological disorders such as, memory loss

Common nuclear medicine scans, tests and therapies:

Examples of Nuclear Medicine Imaging

Nuclear Medicine 

What does the imaging involve?

Most nuclear medicine imaging involves the patient lying down on the couch while the camera comes close, but does not touch them. The sides are open and staff can be present in the room with the patient.

Once the scan is complete, the images are reported by a nuclear medicine physician or radiologist. The referring consultant receives this report and advises the patient accordingly.

How BMI Healthcare can help

Nuclear medicine at BMI Healthcare offers you fast, direct and convenient appointments with a consultant specialising in nuclear medicine. We can also offer you a quick reporting turnaround time.

Together, you and your consultant can decide the best route for you and develop a tailor-made treatment package to achieve optimum results.