The Nuclear Medicine Service of Hospital Escuela is the only one in the public sphere of Misiones

In this context, the Head of the aforementioned Service, Gustavo Javier Goral, explained what nuclear medicine is “it is a medical specialty where radiopharmaceuticals are used to carry out diagnostic studies or treatments of different pathologies through a gram camera”.

At the same time, he referred to the statistics that record “around 2,000 benefits are carried out per year and of them, more than 80% are for oncological pathologies,” said the doctor.

Emphasizing the importance of the Nuclear Medicine Service of the Teaching Hospital for the missionaries, he affirmed that it is the only one in the public sphere of the Province of Misiones.

It also detailed information on infrastructure and equipment. “We have a double-headed gamma camera to carry out the studies and we also have other intraoperative equipment, which is used to support the surgeon in identifying sentinel nodes in different pathologies such as breast cancer and melanoma” .

Along the same lines, he explained that “in gamma camera studies, the patient is administered a radiopharmaceutical, which is selected according to the system that one wants to study, and a radioactive isotope, which emits gamma radiation, so the emission of energy that the patient is emitting.

To this, he specified which are the most common studies “it is the bone scintigraphy, related to oncology, it is used for patient control and the search for bone metastases, breast, lung and prostate cancer.”

In addition, he referred to other areas of application of nuclear medicine “we apply it to cardiology in the evaluation of myocardial reality and cardiac ischemia. In pediatrics we perform renal scintigrams in patients who have had repeated urinary tract infections, so renal function is evaluated and whether the kidney was affected”.

Finally, he mentioned that the Nuclear Medicine Service of the School Hospital has all the corresponding qualifications. On this subject, he explained that “nuclear medicine, at the national level, is regulated and supervised by an entity called the nuclear regulatory authority. For a nuclear medicine service to work, it must have the corresponding qualifications, either from the institution where it is located and of the human resource that operates the equipment and handles the radioactive material”.

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