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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty dedicated mainly to diagnosing patients using radio-labeled substances, providing information that is essentially functional, as well as treatment by means of unencapsulated radioactive sources.

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This specialty is closely related to several basic and applied sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Cybernetics and Pharmaceutics, as well as other branches of medicine like Physiology, Pathophysiology, Radiology and other diagnostic imagining techniques.  Its scope of action includes the prevention, diagnosis, therapy and research.

At Hospitales San Roque in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Nuclear Medicine Unit at the Diagnostic Imaging Service is specialized in applying very sensitive early diagnosis techniques that allow us to perform morphofuncional exploration of practically every organ and system, with the possibility of obtaining quantitative data whenever the type of pathology so requires.   Moreover, our use of tomography (SPET) in applying these techniques to the study brain pathology (dementia, ischemia, tumors, Psychiatry), heart disease (myocardial ischemia, ventricular function) and bone disease unique.

Nuclear Medicine studies are carried out by administering a radiopharmaceutical to the patient and then recording the signal emitted.  These scans are perfectly safe because the radiopharmaceuticals used are not contrasts, therefore, they do not produce pharmacological effects or any serious side effects or adverse reactions.  These compounds have a high specific function, which means that Nuclear Medicine scans are always morphofunctional; this makes them a very sensitive tool for early diagnosis.

By cross-comparing images taken using tomography (SPECT) techniques and CT scans, we are able to obtain both morphological information and information about a given organ's function or structure, and this is a unique application of this imaging technique for studying bone, neurological, cardiac, digestive, nephrourologic, endocrinology, pulmonology, infectious disease or cancer in both adults and children. 

 This specialty is closely related to several basic and applied sciences such as Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Cybernetics and Pharmaceutics, as well as other branches of medicine like Physiology, Pathophysiology, Radiology and other diagnostic imagining techniques.  Its scope of action includes the prevention, diagnosis, therapy and research.

At Lanzarote Care Center, the Nuclear Medicine Unit at the Diagnostic Imaging Service is specialized in applying very sensitive early diagnosis techniques that allow us to perform morphofuncional exploration of practically every organ and system, with the possibility of obtaining quantitative data whenever the type of pathology so requires. 

Moreover, our use of tomography (SPET) in applying these techniques to the study brain pathology (dementia, ischemia, tumors, Psychiatry), heart disease (myocardial ischemia, ventricular function) and bone disease unique. 

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