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Nuclear Medicine, or Scintigraphy, uses radioactive tracers that are injected into a vein to assess the function of organs at a molecular level. Radiation doses are comparable to x-ray examinations. Reactions to the tracers are extremely rare and the tests are therefore exceptionally safe and well tolerated.

Bone scanning is a well-established technique and is one of the most reliable, sensitive and valuable procedures in scintigraphy. The scan can detect abnormalities weeks or months before routine skeletal x-rays. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is an imaging modality that combines conventional scintigraphic and computed tomographic (CT) methods and has revolutionised imaging of the skeletal system. We are able to provide reporting of Bone scans and SPECT/CT studies. These studies are available to referrers online using InteleViewer and InteleConnect.

Bone scanning and SPECT/CT has a wide range of uses in the assessment of musculoskeletal disorders. The modalities are particularly useful in situations where MRI is contraindicated e.g. pacemakers or MRI/CT image quality is compromised like with metal implants.

It is the only method able to localise areas of increased bone turnover in response to mechanical stress or endocrine, neoplastic and inflammatory conditions.

Common Uses

Sports Injuries – Detection of stress fractures/shin splints.
Assessment of spinal fusion and implants.
Evaluation of painful hip and knee prostheses.
Detection, evaluation and staging of skeletal metastases and/or primary bone neoplasms.
Early diagnosis of osteomyelitis (osteomyelitis v cellulitis).
Localisation and follow-up of Paget’s disease.
Confirmation and evaluation of non-accidental injury in children.
Detection of radiologically occult fractures e.g scaphoid.

More Information

  • Previous films and CDs may be of use to our Radiologists when they are interpreting your ultrasound scan. Please bring these with you to your appointment.
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