What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine examinations involve using small amounts of radioactive material (isotopes) to produce images of the inside of your body.
Depending on the type of scan, the isotope may be injected into your body, or it may be inhaled, swallowed or received in the form of eye drops. These scans are commonly performed, and are very safe - only small amounts of radiation are used.
The radiation coming from your body is then picked up by a gamma camera which produces images that your doctors can use to make a diagnosis.
Nuclear medicine scans can be used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of conditions that other procedures, such as x-rays, cannot identify.
This can include testing for possible heart disease, urinary reflux, urinary tract infection, thyroid gland function. gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological disorders, and many other conditions.
Why choose Bupa Cromwell Hospital for nuclear medicine scans?
Bupa Cromwell Hospital offers a wide range of nuclear medicine examinations, including the following types of scan:
- Cardiac myocardial perfusion
- Lung ventilation and perfusion
- Renal - DMSA and Mag3
- SeHCAT - bile acid malabsorption
- Sentinel node imaging.
Our highly experienced nuclear medicine team work closely with other staff across the hospital to provide a seamless experience for patients.
For further details read our Nuclear medicine patient information guide.
How do I pay for treatment?
We welcome both insured and self-pay patients as well as company and embassy sponsored patients.
Read more about payment options