The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) offers a Nuclear Medicine department at each campus, each with highly-trained staff who use state-of-the-art gamma cameras to perform thousands of exams each year. Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders, which is unique because it provides information about both structure and function to get an overall picture of the concerns a patient may have.

Radiopharmaceuticals are detected by our gamma cameras creating pictures of body parts being scanned. These radioactive materials can be injected, inhaled or taken orally.

TSH also uses a new technology that fuses a Nuclear Medicine single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan – an imaging technique using gamma rays – with a CT scan. The new equipment enables staff to better localize and define lesions within organs.

What We Offer

Although most Nuclear Medicine procedures are performed at both TSH campuses, some are location-specific. Services include:

Birchmount campus

  • Lung Quantification
  • Gastric emptying study with liquid or solid meal
  • Brain scan/flow for brain death
  • Hepatobiliary scan with drug intervention
  • Treatment for thyroid cancer
  • Parathyroid imaging with SPECT
  • Thyroid scan with Tc99m and Uptake for low Iodine 123 thyroid
  • Total body using Iodine 131
  • Testicular scan

General campus

  • Thyroid scan and Uptake with Iodine 123 for evaluation of hyperthyroidism
  • Parathyroid imaging

Birchmount and General campus

  • Bone mineral density (Bone Densitometry)
  • Bone scans, whole body or specific site with SPECT
  • Myocardial Perfusion imaging with Cardiolite, walking stress or persantine to determine blood supply reaching the heart
  • Resting wall motion study Multi-Gated Acquisition Scan (MUGA) to evaluate heart function
  • Lung ventilation and perfusion scan
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) imaging to assess fluid flow dynamics
  • Brain perfusion imaging (brain SPECT)
  • Gastrointestinal bleed study
  • Hepatobiliary scan to evaluate the function of the gallbladder
  • Liver/Spleen scan
  • Meckel’s Diverticulum, to determine a malformation of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Red blood cell (RBC) Liver with SPECT for diagnosis of a liver hemangioma
  • Salivary scan
  • Treatment for Grave’s disease
  • Gallium scan, whole body or specific site with SPECT
  • Renal scan, with or without drug intervention
  • Sentinel node breast imaging

What You Need to Know

Where To Find Us

Nuclear Medicine services are offered at both TSH campuses.

General campus
East Wing, First Floor
416-438-2911 ext. 8106
Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Birchmount campus
Main Floor
Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.