Types of imaging

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine uses low doses of radioactive tracers to investigate alterations in anatomy and physiological function.

Patients are given a small dose of the radioactive tracer via injection, ingestion or inhalation.  The tracer – which is specific to the type of scan – concentrates within an organ or organ system. The distribution of the tracer is then imaged at intervals by a special Gamma Camera.

Nuclear medicine scans are safe, low dose and can vary in length.  For more information about nuclear medicine scans and any preparation required, click here.