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
Going for a Scan?
There are lots of different types of nuclear medicine scans (sometimes called radioisotope scans). They all involve taking pictures which show the function of different parts of the body. They are different to X-ray pictures which show any anatomical abnormalities.
The information in this section only gives some general information about nuclear medicine scans. More specific information about some common tests can be found by following this link (link to ‘Going for a nuclear medicine test’). If your doctor thinks that you need a nuclear medicine scan you should receive information about the particular test that you are to have from the department that will be carrying out your scan. This may be an X-ray department or a specialist nuclear medicine department. Please read any information that you receive from the department very carefully, as the details for your test may differ from the general information given here.
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: