Nuclear Medicine Imaging (also known as a Radio Isotope) uses small amounts of radio-active pharmaceuticals to image the body and help diagnose or treat a variety of diseases. The procedure determines the cause of the medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue or bone. Without Nuclear Medicine Imaging this information may not be available, the alternative being surgery or more expensive and invasive diagnostic tests. Nuclear Medicine shows how your body works whereas X-Rays and CT scans show how your body looks.
The radio-pharmaceutical is either injected, swallowed or inhaled (in the form of a gas). This energy is then be detected by a gamma camera.
Please tell your Radiographer before the scan if any of the following apply to you:
The images are interpreted by a Specialist Nuclear Physician and it usually takes between 1 and 2 hours for the report to be completed. There may be a further delay of up to 24 hours, depending on the degree of complexity and time required for the report to be completed. Once it is completed, the report will be forwarded to your referring doctor.
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