An overview of nuclear medicine imaging procedures
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An overview of nuclear medicine imaging procedures

Peter Hogg Director, Centre for Health Sciences Research, University of Salford, Salford, England
Richard Lawson Honorary professor, Department of Radiography, University of Salford, England

Nuclear medicine imaging is not generally well understood by nurses who work outside this area. Consequently, nurses can find themselves unable to answer patients’ questions about nuclear medicine imaging procedures or give them proper information before they attend for a test. This article aims to explain what is involved in some common diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging procedures so that nurses are able to discuss this with patients. It also addresses some common issues about radiation protection that nurses might encounter in their usual working routine. The article includes links to videos showing some typical nuclear medicine imaging procedures from a patient’s point of view and links to an e-Learning for Healthcare online resource that provides detailed information for nurses.

Nursing Standard. 30, 13, 52-60. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.13.52.s47


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Received: 30 July 2015

Accepted: 28 August 2015