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Molecular Nuclear Medicine

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What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medicine in which radioactive substances (gamma, beta, alpha emitters) are used and administered individually or together with different drugs (radiopharmaceuticals), which are directed to specific organs of the body providing diagnostic information, monitoring and evaluation of response to treatment of different diseases.

We carry out diagnostic studies: scintigraphy and PET/CT

We perform Treatments: Metabolic Therapies

What diseases are treated through Nuclear Medicine?

The diagnosed and treated pathologies in the Nuclear Medicine service are diverse, we mention some: cancer, coronary disease, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders, kidney disease such as hydronephrosis, infections, osteoarticular disease and other medical conditions such as dementia and convulsive syndrome.

Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT studies characteristics

These techniques and procedures are characterized by being non-invasive. The patient is exposed to low levels of irradiation. These procedures provide complementary information to other tests such as radiological studies, ultrasound imaging and catheterization. It can be used in both adult and pediatric patients. Most of them require preparation according to the type of study.

¡Important!

A medical history is made for all patients, to know the justification of the study and provide the pertinent indications once the radiopharmaceutical has been administered.​

acording to the patient safety regulations, all women of reproductive age (who have menstrual cycles) must present a pregnancy test not major to 5 days before the procedure, to avoid inadvertent radiation exposure to a pregnant woman.

Do you know the difference between Nuclear Medicine and Radiology?

Nuclear Medicine diagnostic studies differ from Radiological studies because in radiological studies the equipment is the one that emits the radiation and it reaches the patient, andin the case of Nuclear Medicine, it is the patient who whom the radioactive material is supplied in safe doses, so that he emits the radiation and the equipment can detect it and thus generate the images.​

Radioactive materials used for diagnostic studies have short lives and its activity decreases over time. Most of them are eliminated through urine and fecal matter, etc. In each case and test, the procedure and the recommendations will be explained to the patient once the radiopharmaceutical has been administered. ​

¿Which are the procedures?

Gammagraphy

Endocrinology Studies

Pulmonological Studies

Gastrointestinal Studies

Lymphatic System Studies

Metabolic Therapies

Neurological Studies

Cardiological Studies

Studies of the Genitourinary System

Revisión del Sistema Musculoesquelético

Positron emission tomography (pet-ct)

Special Studies

Studies require prior appointment and patient preparation depending on the procedure to be performed.

Consulte aquí las fichas de preparación para los procedimientos de Medicina Nuclear

Nuclear Medicine Exam Preparation Patient Education: Nuclear Molecular Medicine
Our experience:

1991

Our Nuclear Medicine service started activities with a team dedicated to performing planar and tomographic scintigraphy (SPECT).

2007

We were the first Colombian institution to have a new imaging perspective, called Hybrid Images, which consists of performing Nuclear Medicine images and taking a CT scan at the same time as the study.

2012

The technology in Molecular Imaging of Nuclear Medicine is implemented, the first PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography) in the southwestern part of the country.

2022

We have experienced doctors, dedicated to evaluate the patient prior to performing their procedures to ensure adequate preparation and condition.

Differential factors:
  • The Nuclear Medicine section has 30 years of experience in Cali. The service is characterized by being the reference center in the country with international recognition.

  • We have been pioneers in the country in diagnostic studies such as kidney transplant evaluation, evaluation of Parkinson's disease.

  • We were pioneers implementing the use of B-emitting drugs, in palliative management of bone pain, synoviolysis and intratumoral administration in cystic tumors of the central nervous system.

  • We have the first PET/CT in the Colombian southwest.

  • We have performed 9500 PET/CT studies.

  • Our work is 24/7 service in case of emergencies and hospitalized patients.

  • Experience of the entire human, medical and healthcare team.

  • The service is characterized by being the reference center in the country with international recognition.


  • An experienced human, medical and healthcare team (nurses, nuclear medicine and diagnostic imaging technologists, medical physicists).
  • The Nuclear medicine area has 25 years of experience in Cali, being pioneers in the country in diagnostic studies such as renal transplantation assessment, evaluation of Parkinson’s disease, implementation of beta-emitting radiopharmaceuticals, such as 177 Lu-Dotatate and 188 Rhenium in bone pain palliative management, synoviolysis and intratumoral administration for the treatment of cystic tumors in the Central nervous system.
  • First PET/CT in the Southwest of Colombia; as of January 2019 5389 patients with diseases such as cancer, inflammatory infectious diseases, central nervous system diseases (refractory epilepsy, assessment of dementias and other psychiatric disorders) have been treated.
  • Being the reference center in the country, recognized at international level is one of the main features of this Service.

DEPARTMENTS

  • General nuclear medicine (scintigraphy).
  • PET/CT.
  • Metabolic therapies.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Two hybrid gamma chambers (i.e., with built-in CT), are used to locate lesions of increased uptake observed through scintigraphy in studies known as SPECT/CT.
  • The highest technology PET/CT equipment in the country, with a 128-slice CT.
  • Consultation offices for the evaluation of patients in metabolic therapy, patients needing special studies and for patients’ assessment by a clinical physician prior to PET/CT scan.
  • Patient rooms for metabolic therapies.

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