What Is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine is a branch of diagnostic imaging which uses small amounts of radioactive ‘tracers’ which are introduced into the body. Images are taken using a gamma camera to provide information about the function of various organs and organ systems such as the heart, thyroid, kidneys, lungs and bones
Booking An Appointment For A Nuclear Medicine Scan
GVIG performs Nuclear Medicine examinations at 104 Nixon St Shepparton and Echuca Radiology.
A referral is required from your doctor prior to booking an appointment. Please call the receptionist staff to make your appointment and to ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure you are booking in for.
It is important that you bring your Medicare card and any current health care / pension cards to your appointment.
If you suspect that you may be pregnant, please advise our staff before your examination.
Preparation For My Scan
When you make your appointment, the receptionist will let you know if any preparation is needed. This will vary depending on what organ of the body is being imaged.
You will usually be asked to remove any metal objects such as jewellery, watches, keys and coins as these will effect the quality of the image.
What Happens During My Scan?
Nuclear Medicine scans involve a small injection of a radioactive ‘tracer ‘into a vein. You will be placed on a scanning bed under a camera where images are then taken. You will be asked to remain still during the scans, as movement will blur images, and they may need to be restarted. The time taken for this will depend on which organ is being imaged. Reception staff will inform you when booking of approximate duration.
Who Reports My Scan?
Once all your images have been taken, they will be viewed by the Radiologist (a medical doctor with specialist credentialing and qualifications)
The Radiologist will then prepare a written report for your doctor. This report should be received within 1 – 2 working days. If you have a doctor’s appointment already scheduled please let our staff know so that we can ensure your report is sent to your doctor as soon as possible.
Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact us and ask to speak to a Nuclear Medicine Technician or the Practice Manager.