Nuclear medicine
Nuclear medicine provides valuable functional information on morphological CT and MRT diagnostics. Diagnostikum Graz is the only private institute in southern Austria to offer image fusion of radiological and nuclear medical image documents.

Renal function evaluation (renal scintigram)

Scintigraphy is also a reliable method in kidney diagnostics. Many diseases can be examined using uncomplicated renal scintigraphy to determine their extent and other necessary therapeutical steps: whether non-drug-responsive hypertension, repeated urinary tract infections or impaired renal function as a result of non-drug-responsive diabetes mellitus.
Frequently asked question
After a short case history and a survey of current medication, the examination is carried out in a supine position. After a small quantity of a radioactive substance has been injected via an intravenous line, the imaging of the kidneys is carried out in a lying position. This process takes around 25 minutes. If there is suspicion of a renal obstruction, it may be necessary for you to be administered a diuretic via the intravenous line after 15 minutes. If hypertension is being investigated, it may be necessary for you to be administered an antihypertensive (an ACE inhibitor) 30 minutes before the examination.
On the day before the examination, you should try to drink as much water as possible. You do not need to have an empty stomach for the examination.
The exposure to radiation is 1.1 mSv. In comparison, natural exposure to radiation in Austria is around 2.4 to 16 mSv per year. If you go skiing for a week in spring, for example, you will have a similarly high level of radiation exposure as during a renal scintigraphy examination.
Allergic reactions or other side effects are very rare, since only minimal quantities of substances are administered. After an ACE inhibitor has been administered, there may be a temporary drop in blood pressure.