Nuclear medicine involves using chemical substances to create images of the body and treat disease
What we do
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.
Some of the more common procedures we perform include:
- studies to determine heart function
- scans of the kidneys
- scans of the bones
- tests to assess function of the stomach and liver
- lung scan
- thyroid scans
- radio-iodine thyroid therapy
- PET scans for oncology and neurology
What to expect
Our Nuclear Medicine procedures often require strict patient preparation such as fasting, so please contact our department on 9076 2432 for correct preparation instructions prior to attending your test.
How to access this service
Referral from your GP
You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you in clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.
What to bring
Every time you come
- Medicare card
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
- Medicines you need to take while you are here
- List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
- Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame
For a clinic appointment
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- TAC or Workcover claim number (if relevant)
For a day procedure
- Responsible adult carer to stay with you to hear instructions, help you and take you home
- Comfortable day clothes, such as a tracksuit