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Nuclear Medicine & Medical Physics


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The department of Nuclear medicine and Molecular imaging is taken up the responsibility of providing diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine to the center and be the cradle to introduce and foster molecular imaging. The Department is affiliated to the Homi Bhabha National Institute (Deemed University) and has MCI recognized postgraduate degree course (M.D.) in Nuclear Medicine and Diploma course (DFIT – Diploma in Fusion Imaging Technology). Nine staff members are recognized teachers for the above courses. The department is a pioneer in the country in hybrid imaging in oncology. The first PET/CT scanner of the country was installed in 2004 in the department which was earlier called as Bio imaging Unit

The department provides nuclear medicine services using SPECT/CT, PET/CT, Thyroid Probe, Well counters providing around thirty investigations using twenty Radiopharmaceuticals. A list of the investigations provided is (list) ---. Low dose therapy up to 30mCi131I is given for low risk well differentiated thyroid cancer. Pain palliation is provided with 153 Samarium EDTMP and 177 Lutetium EDTMP. Radioiodine treatment for thyrotoxicosis and goiters is also provided.


  • PET-CT scans are completely painless without any side effects


  • Dress comfortably and warmly, as the scanner room is cold. You may need to change into hospital clothes if your dress has any metal clips or fittings. All metallic objects are to be removed prior to the scan.

Food And Drinks

  • You should remain fasting except for water for approximately 6 hours prior to the scan.


  • Avoid strenuous exertion approximately 12 hours prior to the study.


  • You may take your regularly scheduled medications prior to arriving for your scan.




  • You will be called about an hour prior to the start of the study. Upon your arrival, please report at the nurse’s station. Once you are called inside, you will receive an injection of radioactive glucose (FDG) which will take approximately 45 minutes to distribute throughout your body. Post injection you will be asked to take about a liter of water/oral contrast. You will be asked to sit in a separate waiting area. You will have to restrict movements and avoid talking during this time. You may use the toilet if you so desire. You will be asked to empty your bladder and lie on the scanner bed. The scan takes about 15-30 minutes depending upon the type of scan you are having. It is important that you lie still during this process. Please plan on being at the PET center for at least 3 hours. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR WAITING TIME MAY BE LONGER IN CASE OF ANY DELAY IN THE SUPPLY OF THE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL OR IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY PATIENT REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.

After Your Scan

  • Once the scan is complete, you will be able to leave the department. You may have something to eat (you can carry something with you to eat after the scan if you wish) and enquire if any delayed images are required which will be acquired after 2 hours.

Your Scan Results

  • The results are available by the end of the next working day.