Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Department

How we can help you?

Nuclear medicine involves giving you a small amount of radioactive medication and using a special camera to take pictures of how your body is working. Nuclear medicine tests are safe and painless. They help us to diagnose a wide range of illnesses, such as heart disease, blood clots in lungs, bone infections, sports injuries, tumours and the spread of cancer.

Our department provides a wide range of nuclear medicine tests and therapies to both inpatients and outpatients. 

We are accredited to use advanced technologies including positron emission tomography (PET) and approved to train nuclear medicine technologists, physicians and physicists.

Some of the more common procedures we perform include:

  • checking how well your heart is working
  • kidney scans
  • bone scans
  • tests to see how well your stomach and liver are working
  • lung scans
  • thyroid scans
  • radio-iodine thyroid therapy.

 

Our Department is staffed by a team of nuclear medicine physicians, nuclear medicine technologists, nurses, a radiochemist, physicists and clerical staff.

We work in partnership with your local doctor (GP), Prince of Wales Hospital and Community Health Services, The Royal Women’s Hospital, The Sydney Children’s Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital.

You will need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to use our service. It needs to provide a brief history of your health, what procedure or test they are requesting and why.

You can book an appointment over the phone by calling us on 9382 2200, by email on seslhd-powhnm@health.nsw.gov.au, by fax on 9382 2235 or in person at our reception. Please provide your mobile number to receive a phone call the day before to confirm your appointment, alternatively you may also receive a SMS reminder.

We will do our best to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. In most instances an appointment will be available within a week.

If you need to change or cancel your appointment please telephone us on  9382 2200.

How do I prepare for my test?

Most of our procedures will need you to fast (not eat or drink) before we can conduct the test. Please contact us our department on 9382 2200 to find out what you will need to do to prepare for your test.

What do I need to bring?

  • Your letter from your GP or referring doctor
  • Medicare card
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports related to your current health problem
  • Medicines you need to take while you are here
  • List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
  • Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame if you use them

Will I need an injection for my test?

For most of the tests that we do, you will require at least one injection. We will need to place a needle (cannula) into the correct part of your body for us to do this.

Can I drive after the test?

You are able to drive and go about all your normal activities after a test except if you have been given sedatives. If you have been given sedatives you will not be able to drive for 24 hours and must arrange for a responsible adult to collect you if you are going home after your test. 

When will my results be available?

The results of any scans or tests we do will be posted to your referring doctor.  You will need to make an appointment with them to find out your results.

    Please let us know if you need an interpreter when you make your booking. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.

    Our department is actively involved in training, education and research. We are teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present at your appointment. You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will have no impact in any way on the services we will provide.