The department has its own radiopharmacy where tracers are produced for our own use and for other hospitals elsewhere in the region.
Following administration, the presence of these tracers in the body can be imaged using one of the department’s five gamma cameras. Four of the gamma cameras are also capable of single-photon emission tomography (SPECT), and two of these also have integral CT to enable combined SPECT-CT scans. The other gamma camera is a compact mobile system which is often used on wards. Alternative tracers can be imaged using our state-of-the-art combined positron emission tomography (PET) and CT (PET-CT) scanner, which is housed in its own suite within the department.
We offer a full range of diagnostic radionuclide imaging services, using the gamma cameras and PET-CT, and radionuclide therapy for thyrotoxicosis and yttrium-90 synovectomy.
Children’s imaging is carried out in a dedicated child-friendly area of the department by radiographers and technicians who specialise in children’s imaging, assisted by play specialists. Children are imaged primarily using their own gamma camera but the paediatric team also have access to SPECT-CT and PET-CT as required.
The department aims to provide a timely service with reports available within 24 hours for in-patient studies. A member of the medical staff is always available to discuss individual study requests, advise on the optimal imaging procedure and to discuss results.
We are also active in research, innovation, and teaching. We are constantly developing and improving the service we offer to patients, contributing to the development of new ways of imaging and treating disease, and sharing our expertise through teaching and training.
What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine involves giving patients tracers which follow various processes in the body. We can detect the small amount of radiation given off by these tracers outside the body using sensitive gamma cameras and positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, and use this information to create maps of how well that process is working. Larger doses of certain types of tracer can also be used to treat disease.
We offer a full range of diagnostic radionuclide imaging tests on the central Manchester University Hospitals site, from routine bone, heart and kidney scans to more complicated procedures including PET-CT (cardiac, neurology, paediatric, oncology, infection), white cell labelling, and platelet kinetics. We also provide radionuclide therapy for thyrotoxicosis and synovectomy.
For more information about Nuclear Medicine, please see these pages on the British Nuclear Medicine Society website.