Nuclear Medicine is used to diagnose and treat pathologies in a safe and painless environment.
Nuclear Medicine Imaging is the process of injecting, inhaling or ingesting small amounts of radiation to target a specific organ and demonstrate its function on a molecular level using a gamma camera. Nuclear Medicine can differ to other radiological procedures as it can often identify physiological changes and progression of disease before anatomical changes occur.
A Nuclear Medicine Technologist is a specifically trained healthcare professional in the field of Nuclear Medicine.
Yes, Nuclear Medicine has been a medical profession for over 60 years and to date there are no studies showing long term effects of low dose exposure from diagnostic Nuclear Medicine imaging. Queensland State and Australian legislation ensure all administered doses are of a safe level to patients and the public.
In Nuclear Medicine procedures the dose administered will decay away and will be excreted via the urinary system over the following 4-48 hours after your injection.
Yes you can be around children and pregnant women, however we do advise to minimise your time with them and maximise your distance where possible. As you will be injected with a small amount of radioactivity for your medical benefit, it is in their best interest not to be unnecessarily exposed, as a foetus and young children are more radiosensitive than you.
In most cases we do not perform nuclear medicine procedures on pregnant women, unless a medical benefit outweighs any potential risks. This will be discussed between the Nuclear Medicine Radiologist and your referring Doctor. If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, please advise your Doctor and the technologist.
Breastfeeding mothers may undergo the procedure, but will need to cease breastfeeding for 12 hours after the scan. Breast milk should be expressed and discarded during this period. Breast feeding may resume after the 12 hours.
Myocardial perfusion imaging uses a radioactive tracer to assess myocardial blood flow.
Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is an examination used to detect osteoporosis and osteopenia.
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