Nuclear Scintigraphy

Nuclear scintigraphy is available to large and small animal patients at the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.

With nuclear scintigraphy, medical specialists inject a radioactive isotope that's attached or tagged to drugs (or markers). The radioisotopes are absorbed in increased amounts in areas of the body where there's elevated metabolic activity in soft tissue or bone.

The specialists then use a gamma camera to measure the level of radioactivity and to produce a two-dimensional image of the patient's body.

Medical imaging specialists often use nuclear scintigraphy to: 

  • diagnose tumours and to search for new growth or spread of tumours
  • conduct bone scans in dogs diagnosed with osteosarcoma
  • measure kidney function in cats and dogs
  • diagnose portosystemic shunts in livers
  • evaluate lung perfusion
  • conduct lymphatic studies
  • conduct companion animal health research for vascular, muscular and skeletal studies