Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses safe, painless
and cost-effective techniques both to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear
Medicine imaging is unique in that it provides information on both the function
and structure of an organ or tissue, unlike an x-ray, which looks at the
Nuclear Medicine uses very small amounts of
radiopharmaceuticals (tracers) to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases.
When introduced into the body by injection, swallowing or inhalation, these
tracers produce emissions, which are picked up by a special piece of
equipment called Gamma camera. The camera transforms the emissions into
images that are studied by experienced Nuclear Medicine Physicians.
Nuclear Medicine tests (also called Scans) are extremely
safe procedures. For example, the amount of radiation from a Nuclear
Medicine procedure is comparable to that received during a diagnostic x-ray.
These studies are, however, not recommended in pregnancy because unborn
babies have greater sensitivity to radiation than children or adults.
The radioactive tracers you are given remain in your body
for a short period and are cleaned through natural bodily functions.
Drinking plenty of fluids after the test will help eliminate the material
rapidly. You should be able to resume your normal daily activities after the
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to discuss
them with Nuclear Medicine Physician before the examination begins. When the
examination is completed, the Nuclear Medicine Physician will report on the
images, and discuss the results with your Doctor. Your doctor will then
explain the test results to you.
The Nuclear Medicine Department in Al Noor Hospital-Airport
Road is the only department in private healthcare in Abu Dhabi to provide
such specialized services.