Nuclear Medicine and PET CT


Nuclear medicine is a highly sophisticated domain in medicine that uses radioactive isotopes for non-invasive imaging and therapeutic procedures.

Burjeel Medical City, MBZ takes pride in setting up the State of the art Nuclear Medicine department in the UAE that offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures. The department is managed by eminent doctors and technologists and is equipped with the most modern SPECT CT and PET CT machines. Our radionuclide therapy rooms are the cosiest and safest in the country. Choose the Nuclear Medicine department in BMC for great patient care and the best diagnosis.

Nuclear medicine scans provide functional information at the molecular and cellular level, facilitating the accurate diagnosis of diseases in both adults and children. We cater to the needs of the Oncologist, Cardiologist, Neurologist, Nephrologist and almost all specialities of medicine and Surgery. The therapeutic applications of nuclear medicine include advanced procedures like radioiodine therapy of Graves’ disease, Lutetium PSMA /DOTATATE therapy for metastatic prostate and neuro-endocrine tumours respectively and bone pain palliation therapy.

General Nuclear Medicine/SPECT CT- following are few examples of situations where a gamma camera/SPECT machine is useful:

  • Endocrinology- thyroiditis, graves disease, thyroid cancer, parathyroid adenoma, Neuroblastoma imaging
  • Musculoskeletal: Osteomyelitis, Charcot’s arthropathy, skeletal metastases, Metabolic bone disease, Stress fracture
  • Pulmonary -Pulmonary embolism, Left to right shunting
  • Cardiology-Myocardial infarction, Inducible ischemia, Ejection fraction calculation
  • Gastrointestinal-Gastrointestinal bleeding, Gastroparesis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Meckel's diverticulum
  • Hepatobiliary - Biliary atresia vs Neonatal hepatitis, Gall bladder dysfunction, Hepatic adenoma, Focal nodular hyperplasia, Haemangioma, Post liver transplant evaluation
  • Neurology-Epilepsy, Parkinsonism
  • Renal :To evaluate hydronephrosis, To look for renal scarring,post renal transplant evaluation
  • Sentinel lymphoscintigraphy : For breast cancers, head and neck cancers, melanoma, gynecological malignancies

PET CT: Common procedures done in our dept :

  • 18 F FDG PET CT-
  • Oncologic uses -useful in staging, the restaging of most of the malignancies, to look for unknown primary.
  • Non-oncologic uses-Pyrexia of unknown origin, Epilepsy, Dementia, Infection, Myocardial viability, Cardiac sarcoidosis, Inflammatory pathologies
  • Gallium 68 PSMA-for evaluation of prostate cancers
  • Gallium 68DOTANOC-For evaluation of well - differentiated neuroendocrine tumours, Medullary thyroid cancer

Radionuclide therapy - few examples

Radioiodine therapy -Differentiated thyroid cancer, Graves disease/Toxic nodule

Another services that we can provide is using DXA machine for Bone Mineral Density (BMD), It also measures the Total & Percentage of Bone mass, Fat mass as % of total body weight, It measures also the Muscles & Lean tissue as percentage of your total body weight. Monitoring patients after bariatric surgeries, Trabecular bone score(TBS) particularly in Type2 Diabetes patients. Also, follow-up of patients with Thalassemia Major and regular blood transfusion.

Why choose our dept?

We provide integrated patient care with close cooperation from other specialities. We follow strict radiation safety and help reduce radiation risk to the patient, staff and bystanders.

Team that Cares

Dr. Abdul Rahim Ibrahim Ismail Al Suhaili

Head of Nuclear Medicine

Dr. Firuz Ibrahim

Specialist - Nuclear Medicine