Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of diagnostic imaging that uses radio-pharmaceuticals (a radioactive isotope labelled [or attached] to a drug) to map the function of many organs and body systems. Common areas are the heart, bones, lungs, kidneys, liver, stomach and thyroid gland.

The tracer, is usually injected into a vein and concentrates in the area of interest. A gamma camera moves closely over the area, building an image from the radiation emitted. A complex digital system then analyses, stores and displays the images that are evaluated by our medical imaging specialist doctors.

Nuclear Medicine can provide a rapid and accurate diagnosis of a wide range of medical conditions when used alone or in conjunction with other imaging tests.

All Global Diagnostics nuclear medicine technologists are accredited and registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Global Diagnostics nuclear medicine are performed at the following locations:

Myocardial Perfusion

A myocardial perfusion looks at the blood supply (perfusion) to the heart muscle using a gamma camera. The blood supply...

Renal Scan

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of diagnostic imaging that examines the function of many organs and body systems, including...

Bone Scan

A bone scan is a Nuclear Medicine test using a small amount of radioactive tracer (radiopharmaceutical) that is injected...

VQ Scan

The V/Q, or lung ventilation and perfusion scan uses a gamma camera and small amounts of radioactive tracer to take...

Thyroid Uptake

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of diagnostic imaging that maps the function of many organs and body parts including the...

Parathyroid Scan

The parathyroid scan uses a gamma camera and a small amount of radioactive tracer (radiopharmaceutical) injected...

Gastric Emptying

The gastric emptying scan uses a very small amount of radioactive tracer (radiopharmaceutical) to measure the emptying...

GI Bleed Study (Bowel Haemorrhage Study)

The G.I. Bleed Study (or Bowel Haemorrhage scan) is a type of nuclear medicine scan which uses a Gamma Camera and an...

Hepatobiliary Scan (HIDA)

The Hepatobiliary Scan (also called HIDA scan) uses a small amount of injected radioactive tracer (radiopharmaceutical)...

CSF Study (Cerebrospinal Fluid)

A CSF study (Cerebrospinal Fluid) is a nuclear medicine test using small amounts of an injected radioactive tracer...

Sentinel Node Study

A sentinel node scan is a nuclear medicine procedure in which a small amount of radioactive tracer (radiopharmaceutical)...

Colonic Transit Study

The Colonic Transit Study uses a small amount of radioactive tracer (radiopharmaceutical) and a gamma camera to examine...