Scintigraphy, Picture, Nuclear Medicine Exam, Radiologicum Munich

How is a nuclear-medicine examination performed?

This is how the investigation is generally carried out 

Usually special preparation is not needed for a nuclear medical examination. Depending on the nature of the investigation, you may need, for example, to be on an empty stomach (e.g. with myocardial scintigraphy). In some cases it may also be that you need to either take or avoid certain medications before the examination. Sometimes we need additional information, such as the result of a blood test (e.g. scintigraphy of the thyroid) or previous X-ray examinations (e.g. to clarify questions related to loosening of a joint prosthesis in the bone scan or in preparation of a lung scintigraphy for pulmonary embolism). You will either be informed about these details at the registration for an examination, or we will clarify this directly with the referring colleagues.
 
For scintigraphy a small amount of low-level radioactive substance is usually injected into a vein in your arm. This mildly radioactive substance usually consists of the actual radiation emitters (usually technetium 99m, short Tc99m) and, depending on the organ to be examined and questions to be addressed, a particular molecule that is coupled to the radiation emitter.
 
The radioactive substance is dispersed in the body through the blood, and accumulates in the organs to be examined. Often, only a few minutes after the injection the radioactive signals can already be recorded by a gamma camera (e.g. scintigraphy of the thyroid). However, sometimes a longer waiting period is needed so that the substance can accumulate long enough (e.g. bone scintigraphy). The recording takes, depending on the type of examination, between 5 and 45 minutes with the patient either in a supine position (flat on one’s back), sitting or standing position. After the examination, analysis of the recording is completed at the computer.
 
You will not be affected by the nuclear-medicine examination in any way. The low-level radioactive substances employed are in the rule without side effects. These substances usually decay very quickly and are subsequently rapidly excreted by the kidneys. Normally there are no occurring allergies.
 
In some cases, additional tests, such as ultrasound or blood samples, are necessary.
 
After the examination, we will discuss the results and any possible further measures with you. At the same time, you also get a copy of the recording for the referring colleagues. The findings are usually faxed separately to the referring colleagues.

This is how the different examinations are performed: 

The examination is offered here 

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