In the field of Nuclear Medicine Choithram Hospital & Research Centre, Indore has been the pioneer in MP since 1983. The Hallmark of Nuclear Medicine Procedures is their ability to provide functional information of organs to the clinicians. It is well known that pathophysiological alterations antedate morphological (structural) changes. While X-ray, CT Scan, Ultrasonography & MRI imaging modalities are capable of detecting structural changes in an organ, Nuclear Medicine procedures score over them and have an advantage over other imaging modalities by not only diagnosing the diseases early before morphological changes take place but also differentiate between viable, ischemic and non-viable tissue once the structural changes have taken place in a disease process. Nuclear Medicine scan is unique because it provides a pictorial representation of Structure, Function, and Pathophysiology at the cellular and intracellular level of the organ.
The radioactive tracers used in nuclear medicine are of low energy, physiologically & biologically inert. Hence, the nuclear medicine procedure is non-invasive, safe, non-reactive, involving minimal radiation exposure (less than routine radiological procedures) and an excellent cost-effective screening procedure. Radiopharmaceuticals are not retained in the body. These are eliminated through the urinary and gastrointestinal tract.
Computerized Gamma Camera
Choithram Hospital & Research Centre, Indore has acquired State of the Art High tech “Discovery NM630 SPECT Dual Head Gamma Camera Computer System”. It is a first of its kind in Madhya Pradesh. The Discovery NM630 offers advanced scanning technology designed to optimize image clarity and sharpness while maximizing scannable population. The Discovery NM630 delivers superb image quality using scan times & doses as low as half that of standard Nuclear Medicine protocols. And with a large bore and table capable of handling patients up to 500pounds, the Discovery NM630 is designed to maximize scannable population. Patients will experience less table time because scans are faster and use automated transitions. There will also be improved scanning speed and efficiency that translate into a streamlined workflow. A step forward in detector design, the Elite NXT detector enables exceptional image quality. Ultra-thin design and auto-body contouring minimize the distance between the patient and the detectors for excellent resolution while SPECT- optimized collimators and the exceptionally high count rate enable extremely precise event detection.
Molecular Imaging and Nuclear Medicine
The term molecular imaging can be broadly defined as the in vivo characterization and measurement of biologic processes at the cellular and molecular level.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
The Department of Nuclear Medicine also provides the following services:
Blood-Brain Barrier Scintigraphy Cerebral Blood Flow [Brain Scan]
Cerebral Perfusion Scintigraphy [Brain Scan]
Thyroid scan with Tc99m pertechnetate uptake index
Iodine 131 whole-body imaging
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging(cardiac)
Exercise gated blood pool radionuclide ventriculography (MUGA) Cardiac Study
Lung Perfusion Scan
Liver Spleen Scan and Gastric Emptying time Evaluation
Blood Pool Scan
Radioactive Iodine Therapy