Pediatric Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Qatar Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a safe, non-invasive imaging technique that allows doctors to view internal body activity on a cellular level. Do not let the tern “nuclear” medicine mislead you. While this procedure does involve the use of radiation, the amount is no more (and often times less) than what you would be exposed to in a standard X-ray. Nuclear medicine has been common practice for over 60 years and has proven to be a safe procedure for children and adults with no long-term side effects.

Examining the Body’s Internal Functions

In nuclear medicine, a radioactive dye in placed in the patient through an injection, consumable gas, or liquid. A scanning device, such as PET-CT Scanner, captures images of the body’s internal structures. The dye highlights whatever area the radiologist wishes to examine, providing them with a clear, detailed view of the body’s functional processes.

Nuclear medicine is used to evaluate a wide range of medical conditions, including:

  • Neoplasm
  • Infection
  • Renal dysfunction
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Hematological abnormalities
  • Central nervous system disorders

Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine can also be used as a form of therapy. Small amounts of radioactive material can be used to alleviate symptoms of cancer and thyroid disorders. It also been used to treat blood disorders and blood cancers such as lymphoma. Our team will recommend this treatment if they believe it can benefit you or your child.