Swansea Nuclear Medicine Service

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Swansea Nuclear Medicine Service

Swansea Nuclear Medicine Service

Welcome to Swansea Nuclear Medicine Service.

The Swansea Bay nuclear medicine department is a progressive department which promotes quick access to diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radiopharmaceuticals.

The ambitions of the department are:

Professor Neil Hartman
Head of Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Physics

The Nuclear Medicine Physics team at Singleton Hospital ensures that the Nuclear Medicine department complies with national regulations relating to the use of radioactive substances. We offer specialist radiation safety advice to hospital staff, patient and carers, relating to Nuclear Medicine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This team is also involved in managing and developing Nuclear Medicine services, equipment, software and quality management.

What is Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging?

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging allow visualization of the body’s function at cellular and molecular levels. These forms of imaging represent an evolution in diagnostic imaging from producing anatomical pictures (with x-rays) to imaging and measuring the body’s physiological processes. It is critically important to all facets of medicine today, from diagnosing disease at its earliest stage and developing more effective therapies to personalizing medical treatment. Modern medicine is undergoing major transformations and nuclear medicine and molecular imaging are on its leading edge, probing deep inside the body to reveal its inner workings.

Why Are Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Unique?

In conventional diagnostic imaging, an external source of energy (such as x-rays, magnetic fields or ultrasound waves) is used to produce pictures of different tissues. In nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures, the energy source is introduced into the body, where it gets incorporated in a specific tissue, organ or process and is then detected by an external device (gamma camera, SPECT or PET scanners) to provide information on organ function and cellular activity.

How Do Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Work?

Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging involve a signal producing imaging agent (radiopharmaceutical or probe) that is introduced into the body, usually by injection, and an imaging device capable of detecting and using the probe’s signals to create detailed images. Probes, which are designed to accumulate in a specific organ or attach to certain cells, enable cell activity and biological processes to be visualized and measured.