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. Doses of certain types of tracer can also be
used to treat disease.
The Nuclear Medicine department at Central Manchester University
Hospitals offers a comprehensive and responsive service to the
greater Manchester and beyond, using modern equipment in a spacious
and comfortable environment.
Your Nuclear Medicine Team
The department is staffed by an extensive multi-disciplinary
team with a wide variety of skills which combine to ensure the
highest quality of care. The team includes medical doctors,
radiographers and technicians, radiopharmacists, physicists,
nurses, and adminstration and clerical staff. The department is
headed by Clinical Director and Nuclear Medicine Consultant Dr
Parthiban Arumugam and Head of Department and Consultant Medical
Physicist Ms Christine Tonge, who share a specialist interest in
Your Nuclear Medicine Department
The department has its own radiopharmacy with three Grade A
clean rooms, where tracers are produced for our own use and for
other hospitals elsewhere in the region. The presence of these
tracers in the body can be imaged using one of the department's 5
gamma cameras. 4 of the gamma cameras are also being capable of
single-photon emission tomography (SPECT), and 3 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.
Alternatively, we can image other tracers using the combined PET-CT
What we do
We offer a full range of diagnostic radionuclide imaging
services, from routine bone, heart and kidney scans to more complex
procedures like cardiac PETCT, white cell labelling, and platelet
kinetics. We also provide radionuclide therapy for thyrotoxicosis
and yttrium-90 synovectomy. A full list of the procedures we offer
can be found here.
Children's imaging is overseen by Dr Neville Wright, Clinical
Director for Paediatric Radiology, and 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. primarily using their own gamma camera but also
having access to SPECTCT and PETCT 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
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.
If you would like to
- discuss or book a scan for adults
- ask questions about your scan
- speak to a radiopharmacist about tracer supply
- speak to the duty physicist about technical aspects of
- ask any other questions
please call reception on 0161 276 4820.
If you would like to
- discuss or book a scan for a child
- ask questions about your child's scan
please call 0161 7014103
To send us a fax, please use 0161 276 8023
To send us an e-mail, please use the contact form here.
Usual opening hours
Click here for directions to the Hospital
8:30am - 8:30pm Monday to Thursday
8:30am - 4:30pm Friday
Our department is located at the back of the main atrium
entrance to the new Saint Mary's hospital.
Click here for a site map to help you find us.