WHAT IS NUCLEAR MEDICINE?
Nuclear Medicine uses a small amount of radioactive material, called radiotracers that are injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels to the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays which are detected by a special camera called Gamma Camera and a computer, which helps to create images of the targetorgan. Nuclear Medicine Imaging offers detailed and distinct information that cannot be obtained via other imaging modalities. It also offers the potential to identify certain diseases in their initial stages. The images are used to assess and predict the functional status of the target organ and this requires software-based, complex computer data analysis. Here at BM Birla Heart Research Centre (BMBHRC), we have a state-of-the-art imaging set-up and the most updated versions of computer data analytical tools.
DEPARTMENT OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE
The department is equipped with state-of-the-art GE Infinia SPECT Gamma Camera and low dose iodine therapy set-up. Our team is aligned with current trends and innovationsand is committed to offering care that is at par with international standards. We adhere to the use of leading-edge technology to diagnose, evaluate or treat a variety of diseases, which include many types of cancers, heart diseases, gastrointestinal, endocrine or neurological disorders and other abnormalities. The entire procedure is non-invasive and does not require hospitalisation.
The radiotracer used is an element that is present as represented in the periodic table of all known elements on our planet. We only use the radioactive (energised) form which is non-allergic, non-toxicand has no side effects when present inside the human body. Further, this radioactivity has a very short half-life. It either decays spontaneously or gets eliminated biologically. This makes nuclear medicine applications in humans very safe and informative.
We have an excellent team of radiologists, trained from the leading institutes in the country and capable of handling all kinds of patients i.e.,new-borns, geriatric, acutely or chronically ill, with or without extensive comorbidities. You can consult your physician to know more about the advantages and benefits of the application of nuclear medicine and be assured of its efficacy. All investigations done here are designed and performed on a “tailor-made” basis to give you the best possible results. You are free to consult our experts and other nuclear medicinepersonnel before, during, or after the investigation. We promise a patient hearing to all your queries and to alleviate any doubt that you have in your mind regarding nuclear medicine.
99mTC-MPI (Stress/ Rest)
Purpose: Assessment of the function of the heart muscle and myocardial viability. It evaluates many heart conditions, such as CAD, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart wall motion abnormalities. It can also detect regions of myocardial infarction and ischemia.
Purpose: Evaluation of relative kidney function. Assessment of split GFR, relative function, perfusion and detection of any possible obstruction to the kidneys
99mTc-DMSA Renal Scan
Purpose: To assess renal morphology, structure, and function in both congenital and acquired clinical states.
99mTc- Thyroid Scan
Purpose: To assess the function of the thyroid gland. Assessment of Graves’ disease, SAT, Differentiated thyroid cancer, with or without distant metastasis. Assessment of treatment response (I-131 therapy is also included here)
Purpose:Detection of parathyroid adenoma.