Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Frederick A Khafagi

MBBS, FRACP, is Clinical Director, Department of Nuclear Medicine, and staff specialist, Department of Endocinology, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland.

Bone scans

How does it work?Bone scans use technetium-99m labelled bisphosphonates ('diphosphonates') such as Tc-99m methylene diphosphonate (MDP) and Tc-99m hydroxy diphosphonate (HDP). Like their...

Myocardial perfusion scans

How does it work?Myocardial perfusion scans (MPS) are obtained after the intravenous (IV) injection of a small dose of radiotracer at rest and following physiological (exercise) or pharmacologic...

Cerebral perfusion (SPECT) studies

How does the test work?Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) is closely linked to regional cerebral metabolism under conditions of normal brain autoregulation. Cerebral perfusion studies with single...

Thyroid scans

Guidelines provided by the Society of Nuclear Medicine1 and the American College of Radiology2 are exhaustive with regard to indications and medicines/substances to avoid with thyroid scans. This...


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