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Information on nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine (scintigraphy) refers to the use of radioactive substances for examination and treatment purposes.

The radiopharmaceutical – the radioactive substance or the chemical compound containing the radioactive substance and other materials – is usually injected into a vein in the arm. It spreads through the body via the blood, and accumulates in the desired organ, depending on the type of the substance used.

In a conventional nuclear medical diagnosis, most of the substances used have a short half-life (hours to days), and emit gamma rays which can be measured very accurately from outside the body. Images of these organs can be produced using a special camera (gamma camera). The most commonly used isotope is technetium-99 m (Tc-99 m) with a short half-life of 6 hours.

Scintigraphy – this nuclear medical imaging procedure primarily establishes the function of an organ or organ system, unlike morphological imaging procedures (radiography, CT, MRI), which mainly show the structure.

Because the radiation dose in nuclear medicine examinations is low, there are no significant restrictions. However, examinations involving radioactive substances should be avoided during pregnancy.

At our centre, we offer all common types of nuclear medicine examinations.

If you have any queries, please call our Reception:
Tel.: +49 089/896 000 - 0

In the Examination preparation section, you will find information on how to prepare, as well as information sheets.

These include:
Thyroid scintigraphy:

  • Assessment of the function of the thyroid and thyroid nodules
  • Monitoring after radio-iodine therapy

Skeletal scintigraphy:

  • Tumour after-care
  • Inflammatory bone disorders
  • Loosening of artificial joints (total hip replacement, total knee replacement)
  • Unclear skeletal disorders

Myocardial scintigraphy:

  • Detection of malfunctions in the coronary arteries (coronary heart disease)

Kidney scintigraphy:

  • Malfunctions of the kidneys (e.g. cirrhosis)
  • Obstruction of the ureter
  • Determination of kidney function (e.g. before chemotherapy or hyperthermia)
  • Unclear increase in blood pressure (exclusion of renal artery stenosis

Lung scintigraphy:

  • Pulmonary embolism

DAT scan:

  • Diagnosis: Parkinson's disease

In addition, special examinations can also be carried out:

  • Inflammation scintigraphy
  • Salivary gland scintigraphy
  • Parathyroid scintigraphy
  • Scintigraphy for imaging endocrine tumours

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