Nuclear Medicine is located in Area F, Level 1, of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). The department is staffed from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Radioactive tracers (“radiopharmaceuticals”) are introduced into the body to highlight certain organs or body systems. The tracer will typically be in the form of an intravenous injection, but might also be given orally or by breathing in a radioactive gas. The radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceutical is detected by a radiation detector or gamma camera, enabling the detection of functional abnormalities.
The gamma camera produces images which show the distribution of the radiopharmaceutical within the body. Computer display of the image together with image enhancement and data analysis provides additional information.
The final processed images, together with a report on the complete examination, are made available via the PACS system to referring clinicians.
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