Nuclear Medicine Scans




The Little Fighters Cancer Trust has been hard at work behind the scenes researching and documenting the most common type of test and procedures that your child may have to undergo in an effort to help you better understand and take some stress off of you.

We have tried our level best to lay it all out in simple terms and provide as much information as possible, including videos where possible.

This page will introduce you to vital information regarding Nuclear Medicine Scans that are normally done for Childhood Cancer.

Please go through the pages when you have some time – they will always be there for your edification. If at any stage you need some information about a new test or procedure, just type the name into the “search” box at the top right of the blog and you will get a list of any pages or articles containing that reference.


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Nuclear Medicine Scans


Bone Scan

BONE ScanA bone scan, also called a radionuclide scan, a scintigram or nuclear medicine scan, is a nuclear medicine imaging test that uses bone-seeking radioactive materials or tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) and a computer to create pictures of the bones to see if there is a tumor or infection present.

A bone scan is a good way to view and document abnormal metabolic activity in the bones. It can find damage to the bones, determine whether cancer has spread to the bones from another area of the body, and monitor problems such as infection and trauma to the bones.

PET Scan

PET ScanA positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging test that looks at tumour activity in the body.

PET scans uses a uses a form of radioactive sugar called a tracer to create images of body function and metabolism and look for disease in the body.

PET imaging can be used to evaluate normal and abnormal biological function of cells and organs.

Gallium Scan

Gallium Scan

A gallium scan is a nuclear medicine diagnostic test that uses a special camera to take images of specific tissues in the body.

It looks for infection, swelling (inflammation), infection, or cancer in the body. It uses a radioactive material called gallium, but although gallium is radioactive, the risk of radiation exposure from this procedure is lower than from an X-ray or CT scan.


MIBG ScanAn MIBG scan is a nuclear imaging test that uses the radiopharmaceutical metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) to help locate and diagnose certain types of cancer in the body.

MIBG is a substance that gathers in some tumors, particularly pheochromocytoma or neuroblastoma, which are tumours of specific types of nervous tissue.



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