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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a painless and safe method to scan the body to study structure and function of body organs and bones using radiation from radioactive tracers. Nuclear Medicine procedures often identify abnormalities very early in their progress of a disease long before medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

Are the Radiopharmaceuticals safe?
Yes absolutely. Like any medicine they are prepared carefully and tested before using on the general public. The risk of side effects is very low. The radiopharmaceuticals commonly used are quickly eliminated from the body through its natural functions. The dose is carefully selected to be safe by the Nuclear Medicine technician.
Nuclear Medicine at Sunshine Coast Radiology
You will need to book in for Bone Mineral Density examination with a referral from your doctor. Our Hologic system can compare previous bone density results from different equipment, so please bring any previous scans to your appointment. We recommend you do not have a bone densitometry scan within 7 days of having another medical Imaging examination that requires an injection of contrast.
Dependent upon the request from your doctor, the procedure involves the injection, swallowing or inhalation of a small amount of a chemical substance tagged with a radioactive tracer – a radiopharmaceutical. The radiopharmaceuticals give off gamma rays and are designed to concentrate in the part of the body being investigated, where there could be an abnormality or disease, e.g. skeleton, lungs, heart or liver. A special camera – a gamma camera then moves around the body, providing a series of images of the radioactivity occurring in that area.
The entire procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete, although real scanning time is only 2-3 minutes.
Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
Private Hospital in Birtinya 3 Doherty St, Birtinya QLD 4575.

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Most medicare eligible examinations are bulk billed. Fees may apply for some procedures. Our friendly reception staff will advise you on the cost of your procedure at the time of your booking.