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Nuclear Medicine

Welcome to the homepage for Nuclear Medicine in Glasgow. There are 7 Nuclear Medicine Departments across the city of Glasgow. These departments perform both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

From a diagnostic point of view nuclear medicine investigations are similar to X-ray investigations in that a small amount of radiation is used. However, nuclear medicine differs from most other imaging modalities in that investigations primarily demonstrate physiological function as opposed to anatomy, which is demonstrated by X-ray, CT or MRI investigations.

Most of the scans undertaken in our departments use tracers with a short 'half-life' - this means that the tacer is only radioactive for a short period of time. Usually the tracer is injected into a vein in the arm and an image is taken with a gamma camera. 

Please use the menu tab on the left hand side of this page to access information which is more specific to each department and examination type.