Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Procedures Offered

Nuc. Medicine ServicesIpswich (N)Ipswich (S)SunnybankOxleyChapel HillSpringfield LakesInalaGattonUnderwoodNewstead
Bone Marrow Study
Gastric Emptying Study
Bone Scan (with SPECT/CT) - Whole Body Study / Localised Study
Brain Perfusion SPECT Study
Gated Heart Pool Study (A.K.A MUGA or GHPS)
HIDA Scan / Biliary
Lacrimal Tear Duct Study
Liver Haemangioma Study / RBC Liver
Liver / Spleen Study
Renal MAG3 and DTPA Study
Meckles Diverticulum Study
Myocardial Perfusion Study / Stress Test (Tc99m Sestamibi)
Parathyroid Study
Renal DMSA Study
Thyroid Scan
VQ Scan
Cardiac Viability Study (Thallium)

More Information About Nuclear Medicine

What is a Nuclear Medicine Scan and how does Nuclear Medicine work?

A Nuclear Medicine examination involves the administration of a radioactive tracer called a Radiopharmaceutical. Radiopharmaceuticals are designed to demonstrate the function of a particular organ without affecting the way the target organ functions. Most Radiopharmaceuticals are injected into a vein, however in some cases they may be ingested or inhaled. The camera used to acquire the images is called a Gamma camera, which detects the distribution of the radiopharmaceutical within the body.

Who does my Nuclear Medicine scan and support?

The person who performs the Nuclear Medicine scan is called a Nuclear Medicine Scientist. They have a university degree in Medical Radiation Science – Nuclear Medicine Technology and are registered with the Medical Radiation Practice board of Australia.

The person who interprets the scan and provides a report is a Radiologist who specialises in Nuclear Medicine. The Radiologist will be a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and the ANZAPNM (Australian and New Zealand association of Physicians in Nuclear Medicine).

What should I expect when I have my Nuclear Medicine Scan?

The time required and the method of performing the scan depends on the type of Nuclear Medicine Scan you require. Some scans require the scan to commence immediately after an injection, whilst others require you to return for your scan 2-3 hours after the injection. When your appointment is made, one of our staff will advise you how your examination will be approached on the day.

Are there any risks and side effects from my Nuclear Medicine Examination?

Your doctor has requested the examination knowing that the information provided by the scan is more beneficial than the low risk associated with it. The Nuclear Medicine Scientist will ensure that you receive the lowest radiation dose achievable. Female patients who are pregnant or who think they are pregnant must inform staff PRIOR to the examination. Nuclear Medicine examinations are not typically performed on pregnant women except if there is an absolute medical necessity. Female patients who are breast feeding should inform staff when they make their appointment.

How do I prepare for my Nuclear Medicine Scan?

Preparation for Nuclear Medicine examinations vary depending on the type of scan you are having. The requested preparation, if any, will be given to you when you make your appointment.