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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Centre, Central Manchester University Hospitalsscanner

The Nuclear Medicine department at Central Manchester University Hospitals offers a comprehensive and responsive service to the greater Manchester area and beyond, using modern equipment in a spacious and comfortable environment.

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. A full list of the procedures we offer can be found here.

Children Hot WaitChildren'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. Find out more about research and innovation here, and find out more about teaching and training here.

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