About the Department

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medicine and medical imaging that uses unsealed radioactive substances in diagnosis and therapy. These substances consist of radionuclides, or pharmaceuticals that have been labelled with radionuclides (radiopharmaceuticals). In diagnosis, radioactive substances are administered to patients and the radiation emitted is measured. The majority of these diagnostic tests involves the formation of an image using a gamma camera. Imaging may also be referred to as radionuclide imaging or nuclear scintigraphy. Other diagnostic tests use probes to acquire measurements from parts of the body or counters for the measurement of samples taken from the patient. In therapy, radionuclides are administered to treat disease or provide palliative pain relief. For example, administration of Iodine-131 is often used for the treatment of thyrotoxicosis and thyroid cancer.
Nuclear medicine imaging tests differ from most other imaging modalities in that the tests primarily show the physiological function of the system being investigated as opposed to the anatomy. In some centres, the nuclear medicine images can be superimposed on images from modalities such as CT or MRI to highlight which part of the body the radiopharmaceutical is concentrated in. This practice is often referred to as image fusion.
Nuclear medicine diagnostic tests are usually provided by a dedicated department within a hospital and may include facilities for the preparation of radiopharmaceuticals. The specific name of a department can vary from hospital to hospital, with the most common names being the nuclear medicine department and the radioisotope department.
The department was started in the year 1993 and functions as a unit of radiology. It conducts more than 2000 nuclear scans and therapies every year.The procedure is usually non-allergic, non invasive. This procedure is not done if the patient is pregnant.
In addition to the state-of-the-art facilities in our hospital, a Sophisticated new variable angle Dual Head Gamma Camera (SIEMENS SYMBIA EVO EXCEL---First in India) has been installed and commissioned in the department of Nuclear Medicine.
Following Scans/Therapies would be done /performed with prior appointments by contacting the Nuclear Medicine department (Extension-459). Below listed are certain indications and procedures for the ready reference of the Clinicians to continually utilize this high-end service for the patients who are in need of the same.