VII. Nuclear Medicine
- Nuclear Medicine uses gamma rays (a form of ionizing radiation similar to x-rays) emitted from a wide variety of radiopharmaceuticals to create images of the entire body from head to toe.
- The biodistribution pattern reflects normal physiology or underlying pathophysiology.
- The radiopharmaceuticals may be administered intravenously, orally, or by other routes.
B. Facilities, Technical Capabilities & Limitations
- There are three gamma camera units available for human research.
- All are capable of performing Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) (“slices”).
- All units produce high-quality digital images.
- There is one co-located thyroid probe available for human research.
- Images are viewable and can be analyzed on MIRADA, Medical XD, Siemens MMWP, and McKesson PACS.
- Images can be archived on McKesson PACS and/or on other archive media such as CD/DVD.
- Radiology reports are viewable through SCM/AEHR and can be printed as needed.
Table Weight Limits (Kg)
Siemens Symbia S
Siemens Signature E Cam
Siemens Symbia S
C. Hours of Operation
- Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm.
- Other days/times by arrangement.
D. Personnel Resources
- American Board of Radiology and/or American Board of Nuclear Medicine-certified, subspecialized Radiology Physicians (MDs) who are Authorized Users of Radioactive Materials for Human Use.
- At least one of the Department of Radiology’s Authorized Users of Radioactive Materials must be named as a Co-Investigator.
- American Board of Radiology-certified Medical Physicist (PhD).
- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)-certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists.
- Please discuss project and all applicable costs with Radiology Senior Research Coordinator prior to IRB and/or grant submission or renewal.
- Radiology costs include the technologist’s time to prepare and image the patient/human research subject according to protocol, process the image data, and archive the images to a CD/DVD if required by the investigator or study sponsor.
- Supply costs might be incurred, e.g., radiopharmaceuticals.
- Professional services by radiology physicians and/or medical physicists are negotiable.