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Nuclear Medicine

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About the Service

Nuclear Medicine (which is a part of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering) provides a service that includes diagnostic imaging, in-vitro studies, non-imaging studies and some therapies.

These involve the patient being given a small amount of radioactive tracer linked to a pharmaceutical that will be taken up by the organs of interest. This tracer is normally given intravenously although some may be given orally.

The majority of our workload is diagnostic imaging. After the radioactive tracer is administered there is usually a delay while the tracer gets to the area of interest and then the patient is scanned using one of our gamma cameras.

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