Nuclear Medicine is the use of radioactive material to help diagnose a range of disorders and diseases.
Nuclear Medicine imaging is used to provide images of organs and certain areas of the body which can’t be properly seen using a standard X-ray.
This imaging works by using small radioactive materials known as tracers to the body, either through injection or by swallowing it. The tracer then travels to the area being examined and gives off energy which can be detected by a camera, and then creates images of the inside of your body using a special computer. The tracer used is designed to accumulate in areas where cancer is present or there is inflammation.
Nuclear Medicine imaging is a quick, painless procedure, with the exception of receiving an injection. This is an outpatient procedure, after which you can continue with your day as normal.