Nuclear medicine refers to the medical use of radioactive substances for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions.
Our department provides tests that are helpful to diagnose a wide variety of illnesses with imaging and non-imaging based methods. A radioactive tracer, called a radiopharmaceutical, will be administered to you, which will settle in certain areas of your body. Then a gamma camera may be used to take images of the radioactive tracer where it has settled.
Our team consists of a variety of highly-trained healthcare professionals who work together to look after you. This includes Nuclear medicine technologists, radiographers, nurses, physicists, consultants, health care assistants and administrative staff.
Nuclear medicine tests often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of disease, sometimes before problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.
You will receive a letter and a leaflet with all the information and preparation you will need for your appointment. The procedure will also be fully explained to you when you attend. Should you have any queries, please contact the Nuclear Medicine Department; we are happy to provide additional information.
The radiation doses are kept as low as possible and your doctor will have considered the risk and benefits of having the test before referring you to us. The benefits of having the scan outweigh any potential risks as your safety is our priority.