Images, Nuclear Medicine Examination, Organs

In which cases is nuclear medicine used?

Which organs are examined? 

The full range of nuclear-medicine (scintigraphic) investigations is offered at our practice. Amongst others, we conduct investigations of the following organs to assess their physiological state:

  • Thyroid: for example, for the detection and assessment of over-/ under-active glands, inflammations and tumours of the thyroid
  • Parathyroid: for example, to find abnormal parathyroid nodes
  • Heart: for example, in order to clarify whether, where and how much the oxygen supply to the heart muscle is restricted due to a disease of the coronary arteries (coronary-artery disease)
  • Lungs: for example, in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism
  • Skeleton: for example, for evaluation of bone pain, pain following implantation of a joint prosthesis or even to clarify whether cancers have metastasised into the bones
  • Kidney: for example, to assess renal function (right and left kidney separately) and to assess the urinal flow.
  • Gastrointestinal tract and liver: for example, for investigating the transit function of the esophagus and stomach, to look for bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, and to search for a Meckel's diverticulum
  • Brain: for example, to investigate the cerebral blood flow and for examination of Parkinson's disease
  • Lymph nodes: for example, to identify the so-called "sentinel lymph node" in the lymph filtering area with breast cancer and skin cancer. This is important in order to reduce the risk of surgery and still get accurate information about the involvement of the lymph nodes.

Nuclear-medicine therapy 

In addition to diagnostic nuclear medicine, we also offer various outpatient nuclear-medicine therapies. These include the radiation synovectomy (RSV), i.e. the treatment of painful joint inflammation, and the enossal pain therapy, i.e. the treatment of painful bone metastases.
 
Furthermore, we specialise in the preparation; placement and follow-up care for radioiodine therapy of thyroid diseases. Since radioactive iodine can only be administered as an in-patient procedure, you must be admitted to a hospital for a few days for the actual treatment. We are happy to advise you and, where appropriate, to facilitate specific forms of nuclear-medical therapy (e.g. peptide receptor therapy for neuroendocrine carcinoma or antibody therapy in lymphoma). More about this in the section labelled Therapy.

The examination is offered here 

Nuclear-medical diagnostics is offered at the following locations of radiologicum munich: