Northern Nuclear Medicine provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine services for patients in the hospital and the community. The practice has recently commenced a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) service.
Facilities at Northern Nuclear Medicine include new state-of-the-art PET camera (installed June 2010), two new SPECT-CT gamma cameras (installed early 2010), and a DEXA bone densitometry machine (installed July 2007).
The practice is located in the purpose-built Suite 306 on Level 3 of the San Clinic, located adjacent to the Hospital. Undercover parking is available within the San Clinic building itself (at a nominal fee), with easy lift access to Level 3. The suite is located immediately adjacent to Relish Café.
An appointment is required for all procedures. For enquiries or to make an appointment, please contact Northern Nuclear Medicine on 02 9473 8750.
Further information is available at www.northernnuclearmedicine.com.au.
Monday – Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm
The department provides an after hour emergency lung scan service to Hospital patients only.
Referral and Fees
A GP or Specialist referral is required for all nuclear medicine diagnostic and therapeutic services. Specialist referral is required for PET scans.
Services are rebated, in-part, by Medicare. There is also usually a “gap” payment.
Services may also be rebated, in-part, by Private Health Funds (if an inpatient), and the Department of Veteran Affairs. You should contact your health fund for further information.
A wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services is provided to both in-patients and outpatients, including:
- PET scans – for a range of oncological applications
- Stress SestaMIBI myocardial perfusion studies (with exercise, persantin or dobutamine)
- Bone scans – for stress or occult fractures, bony metastases, arthritis etc
- Lung scans – for pulmonary embolism
- Biliary/gall bladder/HIDA scan – for evaluation of acute or chronic cholecystitis
- Renal scans – for evaluation of obstruction, renal artery stenosis
- Thyroid scans/Parathyroid scans – for evaluation of thyrotoxicosis and hyperparathyroidism
- Gallium scans – for evaluation of occult infection
- Lymphoscintigraphy and sentinel lymph node localisation for breast cancer and melanoma
- Bone densitometry measurements for detection of osteoporosis
- I-131 treatment for thyrotoxicosis
Most studies do not require any preparation, apart from PET scans, stress SestaMIBI myocardial perfusion studies, biliary scans and some renal scans. Patients are informed of any special preparation required.
Specialist Nuclear Medicine Physicians assess patients, supervise their scans and report the studies. Experienced Nuclear Medicine Technologists perform the scans and a Registered Nurse assists the doctor in the stress laboratory.
The two principal Nuclear Medicine Physicians at the practice are:
- Dr David McHarg
- Dr Brenda Cumarasingam