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Published on January 12, 2009

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“Medical research that involves nuclear medicine, including PET: what you need to know to run your studies effectively” : “Medical research that involves nuclear medicine, including PET: what you need to know to run your studies effectively” Dr Peter Swift What researchers need to know : What researchers need to know It is always best to discuss a proposed project with one of us, as early as possible. The HOD should also be aware of the proposal and kept up to date Have a clear understanding of what the test involves – this will often influence patient selection If there is a specific question that needs to be answered by the test, ask it on the request form. Consider designing a specific nuclear medicine request form for the trial. Feel free to ask to become involved with any analysis that may be required What patients need to know : What patients need to know Almost every study involves the injection of a “tracer dose” of a radioactive substance Generally the radiation dose (mSv) ranges between that for simple x-rays and CT or angiography Side-effects from the radioactive injection are unusual and unlikely to be due to the radioactive substance Some nuclear medicine procedures involve injections of other drugs which may have side-effects (Cardiac, GI) What patients need to know : What patients need to know Some preparation may be required prior to standard nuclear medicine imaging Fasting Hydration Interfering medications What patients need to know : What patients need to know Some preparation may be required prior to PET imaging Fasting Diabetes Valium Urinary catheter What patients need to know : What patients need to know Studies are almost always more time-consuming than radiology studies may require multiple visits during one day or over several days. May need to lay on a flat scanning bed for prolonged periods. Whole body imaging generally between 20 and 45 minutes elderly or unwell patients What patients need to know : What patients need to know PET imaging is mildly claustrophobic, standard nuclear medicine can also be be mildly claustrophobic The Radiological Council has specific requirements about what volunteers need to understand about their exposure to radiation – take the time to explain the small but real risks It may be helpful to compare the risk to everyday risks such as driving in a car or smoking cigarettes

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