Nuclear medicine is a medical speciality involving the use of short-lived radioactive materials or radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Dr. Arun Raj S T
Cancer Care, Nuclear Medicine
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.
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
Hepatobiliary (HIDA) scan
EC Renal scan
Diuretic DTPA Renal scan
DMSA Cortical Renal scan
Renal Transplant study
Technetium Thyroid scan
MIBI Parathyroid Scan
Lymphoscintigraphy for Lymphedema
Lung Perfusion Scan(V/Q Scan)
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