What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine is the usage of a minimal, controlled amount of radioactive substances to diagnose and treat a broad span of diseases. It is a medical specialty in which radioactive substances or radiopharmaceuticals are administered; through injection, oral pills, or inhaled, into the patient’s body to generate images of internal body components for diagnostic purposes and the subsequent delivery of suitable treatment options.
When it comes to treatment, nuclear medicine, namely radionuclide therapy, helps not only in treating prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumours but also thyroid disorders and other malignancies. The radioactive substances are either injected intravenously or swallowed by the patients. These radioactive substances carry radiation specific to the targeted organs or cells, are taken up by the cells, and destroy the particular cancer cells.
At Beacon Hospital, you can rest assured that all medical procedures will be carried out in a secure environment and in a manner sensitive to your needs to ensure your comfort every step of the way.
Our nuclear medicine imaging & therapy
Beacon Hospital is committed to redefining the field of nuclear medicine imaging for the 21st
century. Our enhanced, all-encompassing nuclear medicine imaging services include:
- 18F-FDG PET-CT scan
- Ga-68-PSMA PET-CT scan
- Ga-68-DOTATATE PET-CT scan
- Ga-68-FAPI PET-CT scan
Beacon Hospital is delighted to have the Radionuclide (Lutetium) Therapy here as a viable therapeutic option for our patients:
- Lutetium-177-PSMA – for metastatic prostate cancer
- Lutetium-177-DOTATE – for neuroendocrine tumours and related malignancies (eg. paraganglioma, pheochromocytoma)
- Radioactive Iodine-131 – for hyperthyroidism and low risk thyroid cancer