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Nuclear Medicine & Theranostics
Nuclear Medicine & Theranostics

Nuclear Medicine & Theranostics

Nuclear Medicine & Theranostics

Nuclear Medicine is a functional imaging technique which consists of administering a radiopharmaceutical to the patient and then detecting the radiation emitted. These products are injected, ingested or inhaled for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

The Nuclear Medicine and Theranostics department includes nuclear medicine and PET-SCAN (or PET-CT) .

Nuclear Medicine is a functional imaging technique which consists of administering a radiopharmaceutical to the patient and then detecting the radiation emitted. These products are injected, ingested or inhaled for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

The Nuclear Medicine and Theranostics department includes nuclear medicine and PET-SCAN (or PET-CT) .

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    Nuclear cardiology

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    PET-Scanner

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      Composition of service

      • 3 University Professors Hospital Practitioners
      • 1 University Hospital Assistant
      • 2 Hospital Practitioners
      • 2 Practitioners attached
      • 1 junior doctor
      • 4 internal
      • 1 health executive
      • 1 Radiophysicist
      • 3 Radiopharmacists
      • 14 Manipulators in Medical Electro-Radiology
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      nuclear medicine

      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.
      PET-SCAN

      PET -SCAN (or PET-SCANNER or PET-CT) also allows functional imaging (Positron Emission Tomography or PET) coupled with anatomical imaging (SCANNER). The principle is the same as for nuclear medicine:

      • injection of a radiopharmaceutical (emitter of “positrons” which attaches to the target organ (or organs)),
      • detection of the radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceutical using a PET camera to obtain functional imaging,
      • acquisition of anatomical imagery with the SCANNER,
      • fusion of functional and anatomical imagery.

      The activities mainly concern:

      • oncology , in particular in the context of characterization, extension assessment, therapeutic monitoring and research for recurrence of certain tumoral processes,
      • detection of inflammatory diseases,
      • the detection of endocarditis on cardiac, vascular or pacemaker prostheses, defibrillators (Staff multi-disciplinary endocarditis),
      • the preoperative assessment of certain refractory epilepsies to medical treatment,
      • the detection of a functional loss of the terminations of the dopaminergic neurons at the level of the striatum,
      • the detection of myocardial viability in the post-infarction .
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    Côte de Nacre Hospital

    Avenue de la Côte de Nacre
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    14033 Caen cedex 9


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