NUCLEAR MEDICINE

 

The Nuclear Medicine Department utilises the latest in SPECT/CT technology, having recently installed the GE OPTIMA NM/CT 640 camera providing outstanding image quality with reduced scan time and radiation dose and compliments the GE Hawkeye SPECT/CT scanner. The combination of high quality functional information with excellent anatomical images provided by the low dose CT enhances the diagnostic accuracy of Nuclear Medicine imaging. With both cameras on-site, we are able to accommodate the majority of patients who present with multiple morbidities in relative comfort.

LOCATION

12-14 Grafton Street

Blacktown NSW 2148

Ph: 9834 8888

Fax: 9622 2774

GraftonSt@westernimaginggroup.com.au

APPOINTMENTS

Due to the preparation involved for a nuclear medicine scan, the practice is appointment only.

To make an appointment, please contact the practice on 9834 8888, or make an online booking enquiry.

BILLING

All current Medicare card holders are bulk billed, if you are not covered by Medicare please contact the practice directly to discuss cost.

Nuclear Medicine Building
GE Optima NM/CT 640

PATIENT PREPARATION FOR NUCLEAR MEDICINE SCANS

 

 For all Nuclear Medicine Scans:

  •     Bring referral.
  •     Bring Medicare card.
  •     Wear comfortable clothing.
  •     Remove all jewellery or metal from clothing.

Common Nuclear Medicine Scan instructions:

Bone Scan
  •     No preparation.
  •     Bring in previous relevant scans ie. X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound.
Lung Scan
  •     No preparation.
  •     Bring in previous relevant scans ie. X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound.
MIBI (Cardiac) Scan
  •     No caffeine products (ie tea, coffee, chocolate, milo, cola or decaffeinated products) for 24 hours prior to scan.
  •     Light breakfast (e.g. cereal or toast).
  •     No theophylline-based medications for 24 hours prior to test.
  •     No beta-blockers and calcium antagonists for 24 hours prior to study.
  •     Wear comfortable clothing.
  •     Bring in all current medications.
  •     If diabetic taking insulin - ½ insulin dose with light breakfast 4 hours prior to test, please bring remaining half dose with you to your appointment.
  •     If diabetic on tablets - Do not take your diabetic medication on the morning of the test, please bring it with you to your appointment.
Renal Scan
  •     Drink 1 litre of water prior test (unless on fluid restrictions).
  •     Bring in previous relevant scans i.e. X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound.
  •     Hepatobiliary (HIDA) Scan.
  •     Fast 4-5 hours prior scan. A light meal must be consumed prior this. Do not over-fast.
  •     No morphine/buscopan for 24 hours.
Thyroid Scan
  •     No thyroxine for 10 days prior to study.
  •     No neomercazole 5 days prior to study.
  •     No CT contrast administered 4 o 6 weeks prior to study.
  •     No kelp or iodine supplements 4 to 6 weeks prior to study.
  •     Bring most recent neck ultrasound/ CT.

 

If you require any further information or have any questions, please ask the receptionist, radiographer or radiologist, before the examination is performed.

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