Nuclear Medicine is a medical imaging technique utilising small amounts of radioactive materials called radioisotopes that are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. Nuclear medicine tests are very sensitive and provide unique information which x-rays or ultrasounds cannot.
What to tell us?
Please advise if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Also discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, allergies and medications you’re taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
How long does it take?
The initial injection will take 15 minutes, then you may be required to wait for 3 hours before scanning can commence.
Where can I have a nuclear medicine scan?
- Holy Spirit Hospital
Please note that a Medicare rebate and a health fund benefit may apply for these examinations. If there as a gap payment, which is the patient’s responsibility, you will be informed of all out of pocket costs at the time of appointment booking.
Your results will be forwarded electronically to your referring doctor and should be available within 24 hours.