Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Overview
Nuclear Medicine Resources and Information
Nuclear Medicine FAQ's
Nuclear Medicine Contact Us

 

OVERVIEW

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medicine and medical imaging that uses the nuclear properties of matter in diagnosis and therapy.

Nuclear Medicine Studies are generally performed with the aid of a small injection of a radioactive tracer. This special injection allows the visualization of various areas of the body and generally describes the function of an organ or system. All technologists are certified under the Ontario College of Medical Radiation Technologists and will answer any other specific questions either before or during your examination.

 

RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Routine & Emergency service
On-call after hours of operation for emergent procedures only

Location:

Met Campus – Diagnostic Imaging Department, Ground Floor
Ouellette Campus – 4th Floor

 

FAQ's

How do I prepare for the test?

Please follow any instructions provided by your doctor.

What can I expect during the test?

Most examinations require the injection of the radioactive tracer followed by a waiting period so that the tracer can concentrate in the required body part. After the waiting period the patient will be required to lay on an imaging bed for approximately thirty minutes while images are recorded by the gamma cameras.

A physician who has specialized in Nuclear Medicine will then interpret and report the study.

Will the radiopharmaceutical make me sick?

It will not make you sick; just highlight the area to be imaged.

What happens to the radioactive materials in my system after the test?

The radioactive material decays quickly over time and may be passed out of your body through normal biological functions.

 

CONTACT US

For questions about patient appointments, please call Centralized Booking at 519-254-1727.

Manager, Diagnostic Imaging
Claudio Pullo
519-254-5577, ext. 52333
519-792-7911
Claudio.Pullo@wrh.on.ca

Director, Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiopulmonary, EEG and PFT
Colleen Nelson
 519-254-5577, ext. 52444
Colleen.Nelson@wrh.on.ca