If you are soon to undergo a planned nuclear medicine procedure this can be a worrying experience.
Please find a selection of accessible and easy to understand articles and videos on nuclear medicine, nuclear medicine procedures for patients and general information.
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Please click here to view an introductory video on Nuclear Medicine
The Association of Imaging Producers and Equipment Suppliers Nuclear Medicine Awareness Group and The Nuclear Medicine Community along with concerned physicians have produced a video to get closer to patients and explain the different stages of a Nuclear Medicine exam in the simplest possible manner, as well as the origin of radio-pharmaceutical medication and its equipment interaction. Most of all the purpose of this video is to shed light on legitimate questions: the advantages and possible risks of such exams
Your doctor would like you to have a radioisotope scan (or ‘nuclear medicine test’).
If you think you might be pregnant, or are breast feeding please let the department know before you go for your scan, and tell the receptionist when you come for your appointment.
A small amount of radioactivity is used to take pictures of the function of your body, which will help your doctor understand your illness.
The radioactivity is injected into a vein in your arm. (and may differ depending on the part of your body that is being looked at).
If you haven’t been told the results of your x-ray or scan, contact your hospital or GP surgery.
Don’t assume there is nothing you need to know.
The National Patient Safety Agency promotes safer healthcare by collecting and analysing information about patient safety incidents from staff and patients. Further information can be obtained from www.npsa.nhs.uk.
They have issued two useful documents for patients: