Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine uses short-lived isotopes (a form of radiation) to take an image of any organ system in the body. Specific isotopes are injected, inhaled or ingested according to what system is being investigated. Radiation is then observed through a gamma camera.

We provide diagnostic images and perform procedures to treat specific medical disorders, including:

  • one scan (brief outline)
  • thyroid scan
  • renal scans
  • myocardial perfusion tests

Isotopes used in nuclear medicine do not have any side-effects and expose the patient to a minimal amount of radiation, compared to those from some radiological examinations. We offer the full range of diagnostic procedures and radionuclide therapy services.

Bone densitometry

We perform bone densitometry to investigate the presence of osteoporosis (weakened, more fragile bones). This procedure uses a small dose of x-rays (less than the background radiation) and a measurement of bone density is obtained. Whole body images can also be obtained for the calculation of body composition (i.e. fat, lean muscle and bone).

Nuclear Medicine team

There are over 20 members in our team including nuclear medicine technologists who carry out examinations, nuclear medicine specialists who interpret images, report on findings and perform procedures, laboratory staff who are responsible for preparing radiation doses and clerical support staff.

Last Updated: 17/03/2023