Nuclear Medicine

Admission time: Every day except Fridays and Sundays

Admission hours: 7:30 am to 19:00 pm

Phone numbers: +98 21 8245 2927 and +98 21 8898 4039

The Nuclear Medicine Center of Mehr Hospital was established in 2008, using the best facilities available to serve patients. Procurement of nuclear medicine services, with up-to-date devices and techniques and committed and experienced doctors and staff, is the main objective of this center.

What is nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a specialized medical discipline that uses radioactive compounds called radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat illnesses, i.e. imaging, testing, and treatment.

Imaging with radiopharmaceuticals:

Imaging with gamma-ray radiating radiopharmaceutical is performed by a gamma-ray machine. After administration of radiomedicine to the patient, the invisible gamma-ray emitted by the patient is prepared as an image. This imaging technique is called scintigraphy.

Scintigraphies (scans) available at this center are:

·      Cardiac perfusion scan (MIBI/Thallium) to examine ischemia, myocardial infarction, and cardiac muscle viability

·      Whole body bone scan for bone metastases, primary bone tumors, osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis, occult bone fracture, sport medicine, and metabolic bone diseases such as hyperparathyroidism and renal osteodystrophy

·      Lung perfusion scan for pulmonary embolism and quantitative

·      Renal scan (for evaluation of perfusion, function, urinary obstruction using lasix, urine reflux, determination of glomerular filtration rate (GFR), monitoring renal hypertension, renal transplantation for ATN and rejection)

·      Static renal scan with DMSA labeled radiomedicine for examining pyelonephritis, renal scar, determining functional renal tissue, and ectopic kidney

·      Thyroid scan to examine the function of thyroid nodule, suppressed TSH in euthyroid patient with thyroid nodule, and study of nodules function in multidolodular goiter

·      Parathyroid scan in a patient with hyperparathyroidism

·      Liver and biliary tract scan to examine cholecystitis, bile leakage after cholecystectomy, biliary atresia

·      Liver and spleen scan to examine liver function (cirrhosis), examination of liver and spleen space-occupying lesions, accessory spleen

·      RBC scan to diagnose hepatic hemangiomas and gastrointestinal bleeding

·      Gastric emptying scan to diagnose diabetic gastroparesis

·      Meckel’s diverticulum scan

·      Whole body scan with MIBI or thallium to record tumors or metastases

·      Lacrimal duct scan to check lacrimal duct stenosis or obstruction (dacryoscintigraphy)

·      Lymphoscintigraphy in breast cancer, melanoma, and lymphoedema

·      Salivary gland scan to examine cysts, tumors such as warthin tumors, infections, and inflammatory lesions, and Sjogren syndrome

·      Scanning of Octreotide somatostatin receptors for neuroendocrine tumors and modular carcinoma


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