Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging

 

Nuclear Medicine scan tells your doctor about structure and function of your body parts.

 

Is Scan Safe?

Yes. Medicine use for the scan is like a common drug. It is use in very small amount with small amount of radioactive material. Radiation exposure is in safe limits.

 

Will Scan Hurt?

There is no pain or side effects. Medicine is given either by mouth, by injection or by breath.

 

Should I Prepare For Scan?

Most scans do not require any preparations. However, few scans need preparations and information is given on the time of taking appointment by the department.

 

Will I have to Stay in Hospital?

No. Mostly scans are finished on the same day.

 

What Happens When I Have Scan?

You will be given medicine. You should remove jewelry and metal objects from pockets. Scans my be done immediately or after few hours.

 

How Is Nuclear Medicine Scan Different From X-Ray or CT?

As patient is given medicine, radiation from patient body is detected by Gamma Camera and image is made. While CT and X-Ray, machines gave radiation to patient to make image.

 

What Is Nuclear Medicine Therapy?

Nuclear Medicines are used to treat some conditions like overactive thyroid gland, cancer bone pains and joints pains etc.

 

Can I Continue to Nurse My Baby After The Scan Or Therapies?

Yes but you may have to strop breast feeding for few hours or few weeks depending on scan or therapy. With some few weeks depending on scan or therapy. With some therapies you have to stop it completely.

 

Do I Need To Do Anything Special After The Scan?

You will be ask to take a lot of fluids, flush multiple times when using washroom, stay at a small distance from children and pregnant women for few hours after the scan.

(Note: If you are pregnant or you have fear of close places, please inform the staff of the department)

 

Following scans and therapies are performed in this department:

Therapies:

  • lodine-131 for Thyrotoxicosis
  • lodine-131 for Carcinoma of Thyroid

Skeletal System:

  • Bone Scan
  • Bone Marrow Scan

 

Cardiovascular System:

  • MIBI Scan - Myocardial Perfusion with Sestamibi
  • Thallium Scan - Myocardial Perfusion with Thallium
  • Myoview Scan - Myocardial Perfusion with Tetrofosmin
  • MUGA Scan
  • First Pass Cardiac Scan

 

Urinary System:

  • Renal Scan with DTPA (GFR)
  • Renal Scan with MAG3 (ERPF)
  • Renal Scan with DMSA (Cortical Imaging)
  • Vesicoureteric Reflux: Cysto Scintigraphy
  • Renal Artery Stenosis: Renal scan with and without Captopril

 

Endocrine System:

  • Thyroid Scan and Uptake
  • Parathyroid Scan (Dual Phase)

 

Respiratory Scan

  • Lung Perfusion Scan
  • V/Q Scan
  • Quantitative Lung Scan

 

Gastrointestinal System:

  • Bleeding Scan with RBC tagging(Gastrointestinal Tract)
  • Bleeding Scan with Colloid (Gastrointestinal Tract)
  • Meckel's Scan (Heterotopic Gastric Mucosa)
  • Esophageal Motility Scan
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Scan
  • Gastric Emptying/Motility Scan
  • Duodenogastric Reflux Scan
  • Salivary Scan with Stimulation
  • Protein Loss: GI scan (Gastrointestinal Tract)

 

Hepatobiliary  System:

  • HIDA: Hepatobiliary Scan
  • Hemangioma (Liver) Scan with RBC tagging
  • Liver Spleen Scan with Colloid

 

Lymphatic System:

  • Lymphatic Scan for Limbs

 

Infection and Inflammation:

  • Scan with Tagged Fab Fragment(IgG):Leukoscan
  • Tc99m Ciprofloxacin Scan

 

Genital system:

  • Testicular/Scrotal Scan

 

Oncology:

  • I-131 Whole Body Scan
  • I-131 Post Therapy Whole Body Scan
  • MIBG Scan:I-131
  • Octreotide Scan with Tc99m EDDA/HYNIC
  • Pentavalent DMSA Scan
  • MIBI Scan for Tumor Imaging
  • Thallium Scan for Tumor Imaging
  • Adrenal Cortical Scan:I-131 NP59

 

Central Nervous System:

  • Brain Scan with HMPAO
  • Brain Scan with DTPA/TCO4
  • CSF Scan

 

Non-Imaging Test:

  • Urea Breath Test

 

Miscellaneous:

  • PET/CT: Review of Scan
  • Gamma Imaging: Review of Scan
  • Lacrimal Drainage Scan
  • Duplicate of Scan: Films and CD

 


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