Nuclear Medicine and Specialised PET Services

The Department of Nuclear Medicine provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic scans and therapeutic procedures for both adults and children.

Location specific information

The Prince Charles Hospital

Diagnostic procedures

  • Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)
  • Bone scan for trauma, infection or skeletal metastases
  • Captopril renography for renvascular hypertension
  • Colon transit
  • Gallium scan
  • Gastric emptying
  • Gated heart pool scan
  • Liver/gallbladder scan
  • Lung ventilation and perfusion scan
  • Meta-lodobenzyl Guanidine (MIBG) localisation of neuro- endocrine tumours
  • Pentetreotide (Octreoscan) localisation of gastro- enteropancreatic tumours
  • Renal scans: MAG-3, DMSA, DTPA and GFR
  • Stress/Rest MyocardialPerfusion Studies
  • Thyroid scan

Therapeutic procedures

  • Therapy for hyperthyroidism (direct referral or through Endocrinology Clinic)

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

  • Nuclear Medicine and Specialised PET Services
    • To date, Medicare guidelines do not permit us to accept referrals from GP’s for PET services. We will immediately issue a notification if the situation changes.

General Nuclear Medicine

A comprehensive general Nuclear Medicine service is provided. Common procedures are listed below as a sample of the range of services provided.

  • Bone scan for trauma, infection or skeletal metastases
  • V/Q – Lung ventilation and perfusion scan
  • Renal scans: MAG-3, DMSA, DTPA and Captopril Renography for renovascular hypertension
  • GFR studies
  • Stress/Rest Myocardial Perfusion Studies
  • Thyroid scans
  • Parathyroid studies
  • Brain scans for perfusion, dementia and epilepsy foci assessment
  • Gallium scans for infection and inflammation
  • Lymphoscintigraphy studies (breast cancer and melanoma)
  • Gastric emptying
  • Colonic transit studies
  • Liver/gallbladder scan
  • Gated Heart Pool scan
  • Meta-lodobenzyl Guanidine (MIBG) localisation of neuroendocrine tumours

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

  • FDG
  • Ga-PSMA
  • Ga-Dotatate
  • A number of other radiopharmaceuticals

Therapeutic procedures

  • Lu-177 Dotatate (lutate) Therapy for neuroendocrine disease (through state-wide NET service, Division of Oncology)
  • I-131 Therapy for hyperthyroidism (direct referral or through Thyroid Clinic)
  • I-131 Therapy for thyroid cancer (through state-wide Thyroid Cancer Clinic, Division of Oncology)
  • Personalised radionuclude dosimetry
  • Radiation Synovectomy (through Rheumatology)

Referral requirements

A referral may be rejected without the following information.

  • Impact on employment
  • Impact on education
  • Impact on home
  • Impact on activities of daily living
  • Impact on ability to care for others
  • Impact on personal frailty or safety
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can’t order, or the patient can’t afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary
  • Presenting symptoms (evolution and duration)
  • Physical findings
  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Details of any associated medical conditions which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes), noting these must be stable and controlled prior to referral
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Drug allergies
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use
  • Full name (including aliases)
  • Date of birth
  • Residential and postal address
  • Telephone contact number/s – home, mobile and alternative
  • Medicare number (where eligible)
  • Name of the parent or caregiver (if appropriate)
  • Preferred language and interpreter requirements
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – telephone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature
  • Willingness to have surgery (where surgery is a likely intervention)
  • Choice to be treated as a public or private patient
  • Compensable status (e.g. DVA, Work Cover, Motor Vehicle Insurance, etc.)

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Hotline: 1300 364 938

Fax: 1300 364 952

Electronic: eReferral system

Mail: Metro North Central Patient Intake
Aspley Community Centre
776  Zillmere Road

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