What is Nuclear Medicine Imaging?
Nuclear medicine scan is a specialised field of radiology in which small amounts of radiopharmaceuticals (medically-certified radioactive substances) are used to assess the structure and functioning of various organs. The purpose is to create a highly precise image of the organ which helps determine its optimum functioning and identify diseases or tumours.
At City X-Ray & Scan Clinic, we provide advanced nuclear medicine diagnostic facilities to create high-quality images while ensuring reduced radiation exposure. Our nuclear medicine imaging team comprises highly experienced personnel who are certified by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Government of India.
Our incredible expertise in nuclear medicine imaging has paved the way for diagnosing a variety of diseases in their early phases, ensuring prompt treatment and recovery in many cases. We leverage cutting-edge technology and modern therapeutic facilities to ensure high-quality services.
Purpose of Nuclear Medicine Test
The nuclear scan test is primarily used to diagnose a variety of illnesses and health conditions. It is different from other imaging procedures in way that it helps examine the system’s physiological functions and not the anatomy. In some cases, the images from this scanning test are superimposed on images generated from other procedures such as MRI or CT scans. This helps identify the body part where the radioactive traces are most concentrated.
City X-Ray & Scan Clinic is a leading nuclear imaging centre in Delhi, helping diagnose a wide range of health conditions that include:
- Thyroid disease and hypothyroidism
- Lung problems
- Blood disorders
- Gallbladder disease
- Heart problems
- Kidney diseases, including blockages, scars or infections
- Bone problems, such as breaks and infections
Nuclear imaging is also used to support the treatment of a variety of conditions and assess the effectiveness of the treatment. For instance, radioimmunotherapy. It combines immunotherapy and radiation, using nuclear medicine imaging to ensure precise targeting of radiation to a particular area.
Types of Nuclear Scan Tests We Specialise in
We are an award-winning diagnostic and imaging centre in Delhi, using cutting-edge technology to ensure the highest levels of quality and accuracy. In the field of nuclear medicine imaging, we use the most advanced dual head gamma camera, combined with other therapeutic facilities, to perform a wide range of procedures. These include:
- DTPA Scan
- Stress Thallium
- DMSA Scan
- Nuclear scan of heart
- Parathyroid Scan
- Thyroid Scan
- Bone Scan
- GI Bleed Scan
- HIDA scan
- Breast scan, etc.
To Learn More About the Types of Nuclear Scan Tests We Perform, Get in Touch With Us
How is Nuclear Medicine Imaging Done?
The process may vary depending on the tissues or organs being scanned, radionuclides, the technology used, and the health condition of the person undergoing the test.
Typically, a nuclear medicine scan is performed in three stages at our diagnostic centre:
- Administering the tracer, or the radiopharmaceuticals
- Capturing high-quality and precise images
- Interpreting the images accurately
It can a few minutes to a few days from the time of administering the tracer to capturing the images. This varies depending on the organ or tissue being scanned and the type of radioactive tracer used. For some patients, the scan may get completed in minutes; however, for others, it can take several days.
Preparing for the Test
Since each type of nuclear scan test has its unique requirements, there are no specific rules regarding how to prepare. If you have scheduled a test at City X-Ray & Scan Clinic and have doubts regarding how to prepare for it, please call 011-47252000.
On the day of the scan, do not bring any kind of jewellery or metal objects. If you have braces, a pacemaker or you are pregnant, then consult with your doctor before taking the test. You will need to change into a hospital gown and then lie down on the examination table under the gamma camera.
Our technician will then inject the radionuclide into your veins through an intravenous line. This is done to tag the red blood cells. We may perform another tagging procedure, wherein our technician will withdraw a small amount of blood from your veins. The radionuclide is then added to the blood and injected back through the IV tube.
Depending on the part of the body being scanned, you will be positioned rightly under the camera. The camera will detect the radiation released by the organ or tissue being scanned and capture a series of images. You will need to lie still during this time to ensure the images do not get blurred.
After the test, our highly experienced nuclear medicine physicians will interpret the images thoroughly to detect abnormalities if any.
City X-Ray & Scan Clinic is a prominent nuclear imaging centre that focuses on ensuring high levels of patient care, accurate diagnosis and quality services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. How long does the nuclear medicine test take?
It will vary depending on the type of nuclear imaging test you are having. In most cases, the scan procedure takes approximately 30-60 minutes. This does not include the time of the radioactive tracer to get absorbed. Some procedures may also take multiple days to complete.
Q2. Is nuclear medicine scan safe?
The procedure is highly safe and does not cause major side effects. Allergic reactions are also rare.
Q3. What is the nuclear scan cost in Delhi?
The nuclear scan cost will vary based on the type of scan you are having, technologies used and test duration. For High-Quality and Reliable Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Schedule an Appointment Today