Nuclear Medicine

Staff

Dr Kenneth Yap Nuclear Medicine Specialist / Director 9076 2432 Email
Dr Martin Cherk Nuclear Medicine Specialist 9076 2432 Email
Dr Tom Barber Nuclear Medicine Specialist 9076 2432 Email
Dr Paul Beech Nuclear Medicine Specialist 9076 2432 Email
Dr Jennifer Woo VMO in Nuclear Medicine 9076 2432 Email
Dr Alla Turlakow VMO in Nuclear Medicine 9076 2432 Email
Assoc Prof Victor Kalff VMO in Nuclear Medicine 9076 2432 Email
Mr. Howard Barton Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist 9076 2454 Email

Description of Service

For over 40 years, Alfred Nuclear Medicine has provided a wide range of nuclear medicine diagnostic and therapeutic services.

The department provides services for in-patients and out-patients from all departments within and outside The Alfred using the most up-to-date equipment and advanced technology, including positron emission tomography (PET).

Alfred Nuclear Medicine is staffed by a team of nuclear medicine physicians, nuclear medicine technologists, a cardiac technologist, clerical staff and a physicist.

The department is actively involved with training, education and research.

Alfred Nuclear Medicine is accredited for Nuclear Medicine and PET, and is approved for the training of both nuclear medicine physicians and technologists. All specialist medical staff are credentialed for PET.

Alfred Nuclear Medicine Organisational Chart 

Ordering a Procedure

Commonly performed procedures include: myocardial perfusion studies, gated cardiac blood pool scans, renal scans, bone scans, gastric emptying, lung scans, thyroid scans, PET scans (oncology, neurology and 68-Gallium DOTATATE), and radio-iodine thyroid therapy.

For any other study or queries regarding the ordering of a scan appropriate for the patient's clinical condition, please contact an Alfred Nuclear Medicine Physician on (03) 9076 2432 for information.

Patients are requested to bring their Medicare card and all x-rays (film or CD) to the department.

Please provide fax and contact numbers of referring Doctors and patient's mobile number on request.

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Preparation for Procedures

  • Myocardial perfusion studies - no caffeine for 12 to 24 hours prior to the test (no coffee, tea, chocolate, or cola including herbal teas and decaffeinated drinks). Patients will be contacted by Nuclear Medicine to confirm the appointment time and to discuss all preparation.

  • For PET studies - fasting from midnight or 6 hours prior to test. Only water is allowed. All patients will be contacted by Nuclear Medicine with an appointment time and to discuss all preparation.

  • For all other studies - please contact Alfred Nuclear Medicine staff on (03) 9076 2432 for information.

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Results

Studies are usually reviewed and reported within 1-2 hours of study completion and are then immediately available on The Alfred's Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Powerchart system. Scan reports requiring urgent attention will be communicated by telephone with the ordering Doctor (please provide mobile phone no if available).

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General Information

Phone/Fax
Ph: (03) 9076 2432
Fax: (03) 9076 2599

Email
nuclear.medicine@alfred.org.au

Location
Nuclear Medicine
The Alfred
First Floor, East Block
Commercial Road
Melbourne Victoria 3004
Australia

Parking
For free parking, patients are requested to bring their on-site parking ticket to our reception for validation.

Hours Of Service
Monday to Friday
7.45 am to 5.15 pm

Phone enquiries / bookings:
Monday to Friday
7.45 am to 5.15 pm

Public holidays - Closed
A 24-hour emergency service is available 7 days a week through an on-call system.

Outpatient Information
Referral Information:
All procedures require a valid referral/request form prior to the beginning of the procedure.
Referrals can be posted or faxed.

Telephone enquiries by medical practitioners are welcomed.

Doctors or patients may organise appointments with Alfred Nuclear Medicine during office hours.