Dr Iain Duncan

shutterstock_185538134We have compiled some links may be helpful if you have been referred for a scan.

What is Diagnostic Imaging?

What is nuclear medicine?  This is quick summary

What is nuclear medicine?  This is the more comprehensive answer from Wikipedia

How safe is nuclear medicine?

What is diagnostic ultrasound?

Consumer Information about Diagnostic Imaging

What is a Myocardial Perfusion SPECT Scan?

Do I need to stop my medications for a cardiac scan?
You must not have any caffeine for 24hrs before the scan. If you already know you have a cardiac condition you will need to ask us or your doctor whether you should stop the medications -this will depend why you are having the test. If the test is for diagnosis (chest pain or shortness of breath)  you should (in most circumstances) stop medications for more than 24 hours. If the test is checking the effectiveness of treatment you are already on then it may be appropriate to continue with these medications. If in doubt we suggest you check this with your doctor or failing that with us (please refer to the contact details of the location you are having the test).

 

A wonderful resource for BOTH PATIENTS AND DOCTORS who want to know more about medical testing best practices see  Choosing Wisely

 

For medical professionals (and patients) these links may be helpful.

Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine

The Society of  Nuclear Medicine

The Australian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialists

OrthoInfo: the patient information web site of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections: The information resource website for PRP in Australia.