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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.

It is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique, because it provides doctors with information about both structure and function. It is a way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease, long before many medical problems become apparent through other diagnostic tests.

Asiri Surgical is the only place in the country with the facility to check and treat the entire body with this revolutionary form of treatment. This is why 90% of all cancer patients in Sri Lanka and about 5% of brain and 5% heart patients are currently being treated at Asiri Surgical.

What we do

You’ll see that we really do offer you a better experience all round.

Asiri Surgical Nuclear Medicine team consists of well qualified, well trained and experienced team of Consultant Radiologists and Radiographers. Almost all of them have even foreign training and experience. The Nuclear Medicine department is functioning under the supervision of International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) / Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board. (S.L.A.E.B.) and international standards are maintained.

PET- CT SCAN (Positron emission Tomography)

All the Patients are referred to this department by the Consultant who is treating the Patients and an appointment is made in advanced. All the Patients are seen by a Consultant Radiologist in the Nuclear Medicine department before the Patient being Scanned and protocols are planned according to the past history of the Patient and existing condition. Patients Blood Sugar level and serum Creatinine level have to asses prior to the scan. The only preparation is to keep the Patient fasting 4 – 6 Hours prior to the PET/CT Scan. Any inquiries can be made during working hours by visiting the Nuclear Medicine Department or over the Telephone at any time of the Day.


What is Nuclear Medicine?

  • It is a system of Diagnostic and Therapeutic practice that uses controlled amounts of radioactive material
  • It facilitates diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases i.e. many types of cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders, etc.
  • It is unique because it provides information about both structure and function of the body
  • Nuclear Medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures
  • Information is retrieved without surgery or expensive diagnostic testing
  • It offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages

What is unique about the Asiri Nuclear Medicine Unit?

  • Our team consists of highly qualified, overseas trained and well experienced panel of clinicians
  • Our Nuclear Medicine Unit works in close partnership with and under the supervision of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) to ensure international standards are maintained and delivered

What are the special services we offer?

  • For diagnosis of cancer
  • Staging and restaging of cancer with treatment
  • Monitoring of response to treatment
  • For detection of recurrence of cancer
  • Radioactive I131 ablative dose for thyroid remnant ablation in Differentiated Thyroid Cancer following Total Thyroidectomy
  • Radioactive I131 suppressive dose for patients with Thyrotoxicosis 

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