NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Nuclear Medicine is a specialised area of diagnostic imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat various diseases and conditions. 

This form of imaging can often detect abnormalities much earlier than other forms of imaging, such as X-Rays and CT scans.

Some nuclear medicine procedures require special preparation. Our booking consultants will advise you if any preparation is required upon scheduling your appointment. Some examinations require fasting, and some may require ceasing medications.

Nuclear medicine imaging uses radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers.

Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam, the radiotracer is either injected, ingested or in haled and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of the body being examined. Radioactive emissions from the radiotracer are detected by a gamma camera to produce images and provide functional information.

There are many different nuclear medicine scans and procedures, all of which have different durations. Some tests take as little as 30-minutes, and some require several appointments over 2 – 6 hours. For example, bone scans require an initial visit followed by another visit several hours later in the day. You are free to leave the department between initial and subsequent appointments.

Our booking consultants will advise you of the procedure duration upon scheduling your appointment.

  • Your original referral or request form
  • Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards
  • Previous relevant imaging

Yes, but in most cases we do not perform nuclear medicine procedures on pregnant women, unless a medical benefit outweighs any potential risks.

Breastfeeding mothers may undergo a nuclear medicine procedure but may need to cease breastfeeding for a period of time following the scan. Breast milk should be expressed and discarded during this period.

Nuclear Medicine is available at the following locations: