Nuclear Medicine is a branch of Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging wherein a very small and safe amount of radioactive isotope (usually 99m Technetium) tagged to a pharmaceutical agent is injected intravenously and patient is scanned using specialised equipment called Gamma Camera (with SPECT - Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography).
Nuclear Medicine scans can be safely carried out in patients with diabetes, hypertension, renal or hepatic dysfunction and in children of all age groups including neonates. There is no risk of any allergic reaction or side effects. A small amount of radiation exposure is involved which is well within permissible and safe limits After scan patient can drive, go back to work or home and carry on his routine tasks.
Specially trained staff: These procedures are performed by specially qualified and highly experienced Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Nuclear Medicine Specialist Physician specially trained and skilled in performing these procedures including handling of Isotopes as per international radiation safety standards.
Utility of Nuclear Medicine: It is a unique and non-invasive Imaging Modality that gives specific functional information regarding physiologic condition of the organ or system (like, perfusion, function metabolism and receptor imaging etc.) rather than anatomic details which are routinely assessed with conventional radiological procedure like Ultrasound, Radiographs (X-Rays) CT Scan and MRI.
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