Nuclear Medicine

  Contact Number: 711-41-41 loc 237

Chinese General Hospital has one of the country's state-of-the-art facilities in Nuclear Medicine. The newly renovated facility and the acquisition of G.E. Infinia II and Siemens Symbia S dual head gamma camera is the center's answer to meet the growing needs of its patients.

This Nuclear Medicine facility headed by an internationally trained (John Hopkins) Nuclear specialist (ANGEL M. DE GUZMAN, M.D.) is complemented with an equally competent team composed of highly trained and skillful medical staff as well as efficient and accommodating personnel.

 

Features of the Gamma Camera

  • Flexible and versatile to do the most comprehensive clinical applications.
  • Dual head camera enables faster image acquisition time.
  • Elite digital detector unique technology delivers superb resolution, high precision and clarity.
  • Automatic, Body Contouring increases resolution and contrast by 30 percent thus provides consistent image quality
  • Functional Imaging Workstation delivers state-of-the-art processing speed and innovative tools - boosting productivity and integrating workflow.
  • Latest software technology further increases sensitivity of the studies and offers exceptional diagnostic confidence (particularly in cardiac and whole bodyimaging).

Services offered:

  • Bone Scan
  • Lymphoscintigraphy
  • Hepatobiliary scintigraphy
  • Liver scintigraphy
  • Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy
  • Renal scintigraphy, GFR
  • Renal cortex scintigraphy
  • Thyroid scintigraphy
  • Parathyroid scintigraphy
  • Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy
  • I-131 whole body scan
  • Gallium whole body scan
  • Scintimammography
  • Salivary gland scintigraphy
  • Testicular scintigraphy
  • and many more...

 

also available

Bone Mineral Densitometry

(Hologic Discovery W)

using the high precision

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry

 

What is Nuclear Medicine?

It is a branch of Medicine that utilizes unsealed radioactive substances in diagnosis and therapy.

In diagnosis, radioactive substance administered to the patient emits radiation from the body that is detected by the gamma camera to form images. Imaging is referred to as radionuclide imaging or Nuclear scintigraphy. Nuclear imaging differ form other imaging modalities in that the study primarily show physiological function of the organ system being investigated. Disruption of function in a certain organ as a result of a disease process could be detected immediately even before anatomical changes occur.

 

In therapy, radionuclide is administered to treat disease or provide palliative pain relief. An examplse is iodine-131 theraphy for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.

 

In general, Nuclear Medicine procedures are non-invasive, safe and do not cause patient discomfort.