Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does Nuclear Medicine help in the diagnosis?
The majority of nuclear medicine imaging methods are non-invasive. With the exception of some scans that require an intravenous injection, these scans are normally painless. The radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers employed in these scans build up in the area being investigated and generate energy in the form of gamma rays or positrons. A unique camera detects them and produces images as well as molecular information.
Doctors can superimpose nuclear medicine images with Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) images to create customized perspectives that provide more precise information and accurate diagnoses when needed.
2. What is the difference between Nuclear Medicine and other types of Radiology?
Traditional Imaging Systems, such as CT (Computed Tomography) Scan, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Scan, and others, show only the anatomy or structure of the tissue or organ being investigated, whereas Nuclear Imaging Techniques show the physiological function of the tissue or organ being investigated.
3. Is Nuclear Medicine Therapy Safe?
While a limited amount of radiation is utilized and it mostly helps the patient, it does not affect others. As a result, the patient will need to take some precautions to ensure that the radiation does not harm others.
However, It is critical that you inform your doctor and the nuclear medicine service team if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are breastfeeding before receiving the therapeutic dose. Many nuclear medicine procedures necessitate a pregnancy test within 24 hours of treatment for all women of childbearing age. After some types of therapy, the patient must ensure that she does not become pregnant for at least six months.
4. Can Nuclear Medicine have side effects?
After nuclear medicine therapy, there may be some side effects, but they are usually small. Our Nuclear Medicine Specialist will go through all of the possible side effects and consequences in detail. The doctor will also discuss how you might minimize or eliminate negative effects.
5. Will I be required to stay in the hospital?
The length of time spent in the hospital is determined on the type of nuclear medicine therapy used and the ailment being treated. The majority of therapies are offered as outpatient services, so you may not need to stay in the hospital. Certain types of therapy may necessitate a two- or three-day stay in the hospital. This is to ensure that the patient's radioactivity is reduced to a safe level before they leave the hospital.