Please note we only provide nuclear medicine services at Salisbury District Hospital.
Nuclear medicine scans vary greatly depending on the part of your body being investigated. You will be give specific instructions close to the time of your appointment about what is involved.
Usually a nuclear medicine scan will involve injection of a medicine into a vein. The medicine is made up of a pharmaceutical and a radioactive component. It is allowed to circulate through your body for a period of time – minutes or hours. The pharmaceutical part of the medicine sticks to a particular part of the body in high concentration, and the radioactive part of the medicine then becomes detectable to our scanners. The image produced is like a map of the body part in question and can be used to provide very useful information to diagnose certain conditions.