Nuclear medicine is the process of using radioactive substances to diagnose or treat different health problems. In essence, it’s similar to radiology but it’s done inside out because the devices record radiation from within the body rather than from the outside the body like an X-ray does. The purpose of this diagnostic technique isn’t to assess the physical condition of the anatomy, but the function of different body parts. At Spectrum Medical Imaging, we use the latest technology and the best diagnostic techniques to provide accurate results.
What’s included in nuclear medicine in Sydney?
Many patients are intimidated by this diagnostic process, but it’s a truly effective way to get an accurate diagnostic. You’re welcome to discuss the process in detail with our experienced and friendly staff but here’s a brief introduction to it:
- You’re provided a radiopharmaceutical medication before the testing process begins. This can be administered orally or intravenously.
- Once the medication is processed in your body, the technician uses external detectors like gamma cameras to scan the body.
- The camera captures the radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceuticals and highlights problems like degeneration in the organ tissue, signs of tumour, signs of heart damage, etc.
Nuclear medicine includes several types of scanning techniques but the SPECT or Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography and PET or Positron Emission Tomography are the most effective and commonly used diagnostic techniques used by professionals. Both of these techniques generate 3D images of the anatomy, which leads to more accurate diagnostics.
When it is used?
These diagnostic techniques are used to visualise the tissue, organ, bone, and muscle health of a person. These scans are very comprehensive and versatile so they can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- Heart – Visualise things like blood flow, function, detect coronary artery problems, access the damage caused by heart attack, check for heart transplant rejection, etc.
- Lungs – Check the blood flow and the condition of the lung tissue, assess lung function, check lung transplant reject, etc.
- Bones – Check for fractures, infections, painful joints, bone tumours, arthritis, etc.
- Brain – Detect early signs of Alzheimer’s, check for physical and chemical abnormalities, and evaluate a suspected brain tumour.
These are just some of the many problems and systems nuclear medicine in Sydney can diagnose.
Why choose us?
Diagnostics is a critical field because it plays an important role in the patient’s overall treatment process. We make sure our patients receive the most accurate diagnosis through nuclear medicine in Sydney. Here are some reasons why you should consider visiting our testing centre:
- We have no corporate affiliations so our advice is always honest and straightforward.
- We have state-of-the-art diagnostics equipment and an experienced staff to operate them.
- All the doctors on our staff are experienced and well-trained. They’re hospital radiologists from established organisations like Prince of Wales Public Hospital and Liverpool Public Hospital.
- Our system sends you an SMS as soon as your reports are ready so you can pick them up at your convenience.
If you want to know more about nuclear medicine in Sydney, don’t hesitate to call us at Spectrum Medical Imaging today. You can arrange an appointment through our contact form or call one of the numbers mentioned on our contact us page. We’ll be happy to help you with any questions you might have.