Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging

VII.     Nuclear Medicine

A.        Overview

  • 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.  

 

Unit

Location

Type

Table Weight  Limits (Kg)

1

Ground Floor,
Chandler Hospital,
Pavilion H

Siemens   Symbia S

227

2

Siemens Signature E Cam

180

3

Siemens   Symbia S

200

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.

E.        Costs

  • 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.