Nuclear medicine

Highly specialised diagnostic imaging using chemical tracers

Nuclear medicine is a scanning technique used to create detailed pictures of how your bones, organs or tissues are functioning

What is nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine imaging involves using a small amount of radioactive chemical (tracer), which is absorbed into your body and picked up by a specialised camera. The images created by a nuclear medicine scan can be used to identify tumours or diagnose suspected conditions. They're less invasive than other diagnostic procedures and are invaluable in the early detection of serious diseases, including cancer.

Common diagnostic tests that use nuclear medicine include bone scans, lung scans and certain tests for heart, thyroid and kidney function. Although nuclear medicine involves the use of radioactive materials, the amount of radiation you'll be exposed to during your scan is very small and considered safe.

Our nuclear medicine expertise

We provide a range of nuclear medicine tests to help pinpoint tumours, diagnose disease or monitor your treatment.

  • SPECT-CT scan

    Need to know

    A SPECT-CT scan is made up of two separate elements, a SPECT scan and a CT scan. The images from each scan are merged together to create the SPECT-CT scan. The process provides more accurate information about the anatomy and function of the area being scanned and makes it easier to identify problems.

  • PET CT scan low dose

    Need to know

    PET-CT scans combine PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computised tomography) technology in one full body scanner. This advanced nuclear imaging technique shows how the cells in the body are functioning at the same time as generating 2D and 3D images of inside the body. 

  • Myocardial perfusion scanning

    Need to know

    This test is used to diagnose coronary heart disease and evaluate the extent of the disease where its presence is already known. It is also used to analyse injury to the heart following a heart attack. By scanning the heart during exercise and at rest, it detects any reduction to the blood supply...

  • Thyroid scan

    Need to know

    The thyroid is a gland in the neck. It can be affected by several diseases. You can test for these in a thyroid scan, which is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. Our clinicians have experience of all aspects of thyroid disease and offer diagnostic services and treatment for every thyroid condition.

Our nuclear medicine consultants

Our radiologists and consultants in nuclear medicine are experts in some of the most advanced diagnostic imaging techniques available.

The consultants are supported by radiographers who will guide you through your scan, and help make you as comfortable as possible

Our locations

Our hospitals are equipped with the very latest imaging equipment, so we can give you a faster diagnosis and the most effective treatment options.

Contact us about diagnostic scans

If you have been referred for a scan by a GP or consultant, our advisors can help with booking your diagnostic scan and answer any queries you may have.

020 7079 4344
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