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Nuclear Medicine

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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 heart imaging.

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 scanner.

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 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.

Contact Numbers

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 imaging

- 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

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.

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