Launched Nuclear Medicine Department
Gamma Scans is a company runs
professionally and has been setting up the Gamma Cameras
in North India having centres at New Delhi, now at Panipat
& another one coming up in Chandigarh. It is headed by Dr.
Anupam Gauba MD (Nuclear Medicine) from TATA Memorial
Cancer Hospital, Mumbai
Gamma Scans feel
privileged to announce the inception of its Nuclear
Medicine Department with Gamma Camera at Lala
Harbhagwan Dass Memorial & Dr. Prem Hospital Pvt. Ltd.,
Panipat from Intermedical, Germany. This Gamma Camera
boasts of its Highest Sensitivity, which reduces the
radiation burden to the patient. In most of the scans the
radiation burden to the patient is less than or equal to
that of a Conventional X-ray Radiation.
Doctors & Faculty Members
Q: What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine is the Branch of medicine that utilizes
radio-isotopes for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Principle of Nuclear Medicine
It uses the principle that a certain radio-pharmaceutical
(tracer) will at a certain point in time have a preferential
uptake by a particular
organ or tissue.
This uptake is then imaged by the use of detector mounted in
Advantages of Gamma Camera over MRI/CT scan
Since it's a physiological imaging Gamma Camera has an
inherent property to diagnose the disease or clinical problem
Since it's a dynamic imaging, tests can be designed according
to the patient's peculiar clinical indication.
Unlike the anatomical imaging Gamma Camera can be used to
evaluate the functional reserve of an organ rather than just
present state of function.
Dynamic imaging also helps in acquiring the data in MPEG
format, unlike a JPEG format acquired in anatomical imaging;
in simple words
it makes a movie of a functioning organ rather than just
acquiring a still photography.
Advantages of Nuclear Medicine
Ability to image the whole body in a single sitting to
comparably short time hence increased patient comfort.
Minimal Radiation burden to patients and to environment the
dosages used are very small. The radiation Exposure is far
less than Conventional
Radiology like X-ray Chest, IVP etc.
Able to give information on cellular activity at an early
Q: What is Peculiar about Nuclear Medicine?
Unlike other radiation applications for medical use, nuclear
medicine uses unsealed sources of radiation. The tracer is
introduced into body of patient through several routes (oral,
intravenous, percutaneous, intradermally or inhalation) and
he/she becomes the source of radiation.
This radiation can then be detected (for diagnostic use) or
used to kill some selected unwanted body cells (therapeutic
Diagnostic Procedures Done:
Whole Body Radionuclide Bone Scan
To Detect Skeletal Metastases from Cancers Such as Breast,
Lung, Colon, Thyroid, Prostate, Differentiate between
Osteomyelitis and Cellulitis, evaluate cases of lower
backache, stress fractures, shin splints and Many more
Radionuclide Thyroid Scan
To determine the functional status of the Thyroid gland/ectopic
Thyroid gland/Thyroid Nodule, possibility of cancer of Thyroid
gland (Cold Areas) & the outcome of radioiodine therapy and
To evaluate a case of hyperparathyroidism
In 111 WBC whole body scan: To evaluate the site of infection
in a patient with acute & chronic infection/inflammation,
Osteomyelitis, Inflammatory bowel disease, Abdominal Abscess
and Vascular graft infection.
Renogram- To delineate the function of each kidney and the
associated collecting system to provide the so-called split
Renal perfusion studies - Eg. after Kidney Transplant
Renal function - Glomerular Filtration Rate
Diuretic Renogram - To rule out obstructive Hydronephrosis
Captropil Renogram - To rule out Renovascular Hypertension
DMSA Scan - Renal Anatomy e.g. ectopic kidneys renal infection
Cystography - To rule out vesicouretheral reflex
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI)
For diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD), differentiate
between viable and non-viable myocardial tissues e.g. after
myocardial infarction (MI) hence deciding on mode of therapy
(surgery vs medical intervention) and many more.
Lung Perfusion Studies
To detect pulmonary embolism
To evaluate and follow up patients of Pheochromocytoma /
Brain Perfusion Studies
To detect epileptic foci, dementias, infarction & Parkinsonism
Diamox Brain Perfusion - To evaluate vascular reserve in
To differentiate between acute epididymitis and torsion
Sentinel Lymph Node (SLN)
Mapping and lymphoscintigraphy: Especially in breast cancers
and melanoma and to determine whether lymph edema is primary
(Congenital) or secondary (Obstructive)
Hepatobiliary (HIDA) Scan
To determine the anatomical and functional integrity of the
liver and the Biliary ducts, to differentiate between Biliary
atresia and other forms of neonatal jaundice, to detect
Biliary leak etc and many more.
G.I. Motility Studies
Esophageal motility study, Gastro esophageal reflux study,
Gastric Accommodation reflux study and Gastric emptying study.