It uses radioelements in the form of radioactive substances (called radiopharmaceuticals) and makes it possible to obtain scintigraphic images of a functional and/or metabolic type (therapeutic action) , reflecting the distribution of radioactivity in the organ explored, thus reflecting the functioning of organs.
It has 3 gamma cameras including a CZT camera dedicated to cardiology and 1 PET-CT essentially dedicated to oncology.
The scans are obtained in two successive steps:
- the administration to the patient of a radiopharmaceutical which binds to the target organ,
- detection of the radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceutical using a gamma camera associated with a data processing computer system.
The activities mainly concern adults and are carried out either on a CZT camera dedicated to the heart or on a SPECT-CT hybrid camera:
- cardiology on a dedicated CZT camera with myocardial tomoscintigraphy and cardiac ventriculography : research of myocardial ischemia, study of ischemic or rhythmic heart disease, study of adrenergic function,
- pulmonary perfusion and ventilation scintigraphy : search for pulmonary embolism, pre-operative functional assessment, search for shunt,
- bone and joint, thyroid, cerebral, renal, digestive, parathyroid, adrenal scans,
- as well as the search for infectious foci on prostheses .
The therapeutic activity , carried out on an outpatient basis, concerns the treatment of certain thyroid pathologies and synoviortheses.
The activities mainly concern children (virtually the only nuclear medicine department in Normandy to carry out pediatric scintigraphies) :
- nuclear cardiology by myocardial tomoscintigraphy and cardiac ventriculography: research of myocardial ischemia, study of congenital heart disease,
- lung perfusion and ventilation scintigraphy: search for shunts,
- bone and joint, thyroid, cerebral, renal, digestive scans,
- as well as the search for infectious foci.