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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a medical speciality involving the use of short-lived radioactive materials or radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Our Doctors

Dr. G Rijju

Senior Consultant & Coordinator


Cancer Care, Nuclear Medicine


KIMSHEALTH Trivandrum


Procedures & Treatments

 

For diagnostic purposes, the radiopharmaceuticals emit photon radiation that is detected by special scanners to produce images.`

Nuclear medicine scans provide information on both the anatomy and the physiology of the body and can be used to determine the presence of disease based on the function of the organ or organ system.

Nuclear medicine images are quantitative (measurable) images. These unique images provide information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures and offers the ability to identify disease in early stages when the prognosis is better.

For therapeutic purposes, the radiopharmaceuticals emit particle radiation which can cause biological damage, injuring or destroying cancer cells.

The two major modalities such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) administer small amounts of radioactive substances to the patient for the diagnostic procedures. As the amount of radiotracer used in nuclear medicine tests are extremely small, the patient’s radiation exposure is minimal. The radiation risk involved in these procedures is very low compared with the potential benefits. There are no known long-term adverse side effects from nuclear medicine procedures, which have been performed for more than 50 years. Rarely, allergic reactions may occur but are extremely rare and usually mild.

Nuclear medicine studies have been performed on babies and children of all ages for more than 40 years without any known adverse effects. The functional nature of these exams and the low doses of radiation used to make it a safe and effective diagnostic tool in children as well.

The department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging of KIMSHEALTH have state-of-the-art infrastructure and skilled professionals allowing quick and accurate diagnosis of various medical as well as surgical conditions. All the latest and advanced technologies are made available at the department to ensure specialised, individualised care to the patients. The department offers a wide range of imaging and therapeutic procedures under nuclear medicine and molecular imaging for various specialities.

PET PROCEDURES:

  • Nuclear Oncology

  • Whole-body FDG PET CT

  • Whole-body Gallium 68 DOTA scan

  • Whole-body Gallium 68 PSMA scan

  • F-18 Choline PET CT

  • F-18 DOPA PET CT

  • Whole-body FDG PET infection Imaging

  • FDG brain PET CT

  • F18 Fluoride Bone PET CT

  • Myocardial viability PET

GAMMA CAMERA PROCEDURES:

  • Whole-body iodine scan

  • Three Phase Bone scan

  • Whole-body Bone scan

  • Adenosine Stress perfusion Cardiac SPECT

  • Stress and Rest Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

  • Meckel's scan.

  • Hepatobiliary (HIDA) scan

  • EC Renal scan

  • Diuretic DTPA Renal scan

  • DMSA Cortical Renal scan

  • Renal Transplant study

  • Technetium Thyroid scan

  • MIBI Parathyroid Scan

  • MIBG scan

  • Lymphoscintigraphy for Lymphedema

  • Lung Perfusion Scan(V/Q Scan)

RADIONUCLIDE THERAPY:

  • Radioiodine treatment for Thyrotoxicosis

  • Radioiodine therapy for Thyroid Cancer

  • Recombinant TSH Radioiodine therapy for Thyroid Cancer

  • 177 Lutetium DOTA therapy for Neuroendocrine tumours

  • 177 Lutetium PSMA therapy for Prostate Cancer

  • Samarium Skeletal Pain Palliative Therapy

  • 90 Yttrium Radiation Synovectomy

  • 131 Iodine Lipidiol TARE therapy for HCC

  • 90 Yttrium Lipidiol TARE therapy

  • Strontium 89 skeletal pain palliative therapy



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