Nuclear Medicine Scan

Summary

 

Nuclear medicine is a safe and painless technique which provides medical images of the body.   The imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of disease, sometimes before problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials as tracers to diagnose or treat disease.  In diagnosing a condition, the radiation is detected by a special type of camera called a “Gamma Camera”.  It provides visual information about the area of the body being imaged by looking at the pattern of tracer-uptake.  Radiation doses are kept as low as possible, particularly for scans on children.  Common procedures performed include; analysing kidney function and drainage, imaging blood flow and function of the heart, to evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis, Brain scanning for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, to locate the presence of infection by white cell scanning and to measure thyroid function to detect an overactive thyroid gland.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our sales advisors can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquires@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

Nuclear medicine scanning is mostly performed as an outpatient procedure.  The Radioisotope is given via an  injection into your arm, much like a blood test.  Images are taken straight away or within a few hours.  Exact timings will be discussed with you when your scan is booked.

During most nuclear medicine examinations, you will lie down on a scanning couch.  The area being scanned is then placed underneath the camera heads.  They will come close but they will not touch you and you do not feel anything from them.  The camera heads either move around you in a circular motion or scan your body with one camera head placed above and the other beneath you.  You are not completely closed in during the scan, but you will need to remain quite still.

If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by the Radiographer before leaving the Nuclear Medicine department.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our Diagnostic team on 01622 237 656 or email diagnostics@kims.org.uk.

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