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Nuclear Medicine in Spain

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Spain performing Nuclear Medicine.
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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.


Nuclear Medicine is available at Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.


Nuclear Medicine is available at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.


Nuclear Medicine is available at HM Hospitales

Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.


Nuclear Medicine is available at HGC

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.


Nuclear Medicine is available at Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.


Nuclear Medicine is available at Hospital Ruber Internacional

Clinica La Luz

The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.


Nuclear Medicine is available at Clinica La Luz

Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.


Nuclear Medicine is available at Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.


Nuclear Medicine is available at Hospital Quirón Madrid

Imaging centers in Spain (Page 1 of 1)

About Nuclear Medicine

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is nuclear medicine?

This is a medical imaging technique that uses radiotracers to diagnose and treat disease. Radiotracers are small amounts of radioactive materials which are inhaled, swallowed or injected into the bloodstream. The radiotracer travels through the body part being examined and gives off energy which is detected by a specially designed camera and a computer to create images.

When is nuclear medicine commonly used?
  • To diagnose and track the progression of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, endocrine, and gastrointestinal disorders.
  • To investigate intestinal bleeding
  • To detect cancer, monitor its progression, response to treatment and detect metastases.
  • To detect urinary tract obstructions
  • To evaluate for hypertension
  • To investigate esophageal reflux or motility disorders
  • To diagnose respiratory problems
  • To detect organ transplant rejection
  • To evaluate bones for, fractures, infection, tumors and metastatic bone disease
  • To evaluate painful prosthetics
  • To investigate brain abnormalities in patients with seizures and memory loss.
  • To detect the early onset of disorders such s Alzheimer’s

How should I prepare?
  • Women should always tell the doctor or technician if they suspect they may be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • You should also let your doctor know any medications and supplement you are taking.
  • Metallic jewelry and accessories may interfere with the procedure and should be left at home.
  • Your doctor will discuss with you the procedure and add any necessary instructions.

How does the procedure work?
  • The procedure is noninvasive and painless except when getting an injection. Depending on the type of test the radiotracer will either be injected, swallowed or inhaled and eventually accumulates in the area being examined.
  • The radiotracer gives off energy which is detected by a special camera and a computer creates the detailed images on both structure and function of tissues and organs in your body.
  • This technique focuses on showing the body’s physiological processes such as levels of chemical activity and rates of metabolism. Areas that accumulate large amounts of radiotracer are called hot spots and indicate a high level of metabolic or chemical activity.

How is the procedure performed?
  • The procedure can be performed in an outpatient center or in a hospital. You will lie down on an examination table, and if necessary an intravenous(IV) line will be inserted into your arm.
  • The dose of radiotracer is then injected, inhaled as a gas or swallowed. It may take second, hours or days for the radiotracer to accumulate in the area being studied. Therefore, imaging may be done immediately, after a few hours or days after the radiotracer dose is given.
  • Imaging is done by a special camera and you may be asked to change position in between. You will need to lie still while the camera is taking pictures.
  • Depending on the type of test the length of actual scanning greatly varies from 20mminutes to several hours. Some test can even be done over several days. Young children may require sedation to calm and keep them still. The intravenous line will be removed after the procedure is finished.

After the procedure
  • A radiologist or healthcare professional with training in nuclear medicine will interpret the images and give the results to your doctor.

Nuclear medicine therapy
    Nuclear medicine can also be used in therapeutic procedures to treat medical conditions such as cancer and thyroid gland disorders. Some of the nuclear medicine therapeutic procedures include:
  • Radioimmunotherapy (RIT): This is a cancer treatment that is personalized and it combines radiotherapy with immunotherapy. Patients with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may undergo radioimmunotherapy if they do not respond to chemotherapy.
  • Radioactive iodine (I-131) therapy: This is used to treat some thyroid disorders such as thyroid cancer and Grave’s disease.
  • Radioactive phosphorus (P-32): This is used to treat some blood disorders.
  • Radioactive antibodies: These are used to treat certain cancers of the lymphatic system.
  • Radioactive materials: These are used to treat tumor metastases to the bones.
  • Metaiodobenzylguanidine (I-131 MIBG): This type of radioactive iodine is used to treat adrenal gland and nerve tissue tumors.

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