Nuclear Medicine

There are many different types of nuclear medicine scan. The majority involve an injection of a very small volume of a radioactive substance, which is then taken up by different parts of the body. A gamma camera is then used to image the distribution of the radioactive substance in the body.

There is usually a delay between the injection and taking pictures with the Gamma camera. The camera acquires pictures slowly over 20-30 minutes, although it may be a little faster depending upon the type of scan that you are having. The Gamma camera is very quiet and you are not enclosed during the scan.

All our nuclear medicine scans are performed in the Physics Department of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. You will be sent clear information on how long you will need to allow for your scan. This may be up to four hours and sometimes even longer, although you will not be expected to stay in the Physics Department for all of this time. For most scans, you are allowed to eat and drink normally.

Once the scan has been performed, a Berkshire Imaging Consultant Radiologist will interpret the images and a report sent to your referring doctor.

Further information can be found at:

This is a first hand account from a patient who had undergone a nuclear medicine scan.

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