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Main clinic telephone no(s): 01473 704948
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Entrance 15.
The Nuclear Medicine department is located on the first floor of the Woolverstone Wing in the North end of the Hospital. View hospital map.
Overview: Nuclear Medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials (or ‘tracers’) that can be detected by cameras, to provide your doctor with information on how your body functions. It can be used to diagnose illness, and in some cases, to treat disease.
Clinic times: 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday
8.30am- 4:30pm Friday
What to expect at your appointment: For most Nuclear Medicine investigations you will have an injection into a vein in your arm, after which we are able to take some pictures with a gamma camera. 

The time we have to wait between the injection and the scan will vary depending on the test.

During the scan you will lie on a bed or sit in a chair. You will NOT be enclosed in a tunnel. There should be no need for you to undress, however you may be asked to remove coins, keys or other large metal objects such as belt buckles.After the scan, you can go home or back to work. If you work with photographic film or radioactive substances, you may not be able to return to work immediately – please ring for advice.

Your appointment letter will give you more specific information.

a) You are pregnant
b) There is a chance you may be pregnant
c) You are breastfeeding
Additional Information: Please read your appointment letter carefully, it will tell you if there is anything special you must do, or any medication you must stop, before the scan.

Radiation information
The amount of radiation you will receive is very small; it is similar to that from X-rays.You may be asked to drink more than usual for the rest of the day. This will help wash the radioactivity out of your body. The rest will disappear naturally.

Please avoid close contact with young children and pregnant women for the rest of the day. By close contact, we mean sitting next to you, or holding a child for longer than 30 minutes. This will avoid exposing young children to unnecessary radiation.Please inform us if you are travelling via an airport or train station in the coming days.