Incubators for Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.

The BSUH Radiopharmacy Department has recently re-opened in the Hanbury Building allowing the production of radiopharmacy products locally again when previously these had to be sourced from other trusts. Friends have agreed a grant of £4,570 to fund an Incubator kit comprising all items to meet radiopharmacy best practice guidelines and improve regulatory compliance. Radiopharmacy products will have a quicker turnaround in quality testing enabling any deficiencies to be detected earlier and improving patient outcomes. 

We went to meet Helen Cripps, Radiopharmacy Product Manager, who showed us around the department and explained the complex work they undertake whilst meeting strict procedures to prevent contamination. This is vital within the laboratory in which the radioactive products are made.   Key benefits of having the incubators in-house are a lower risk of contamination during transportation and a reduction in the time to check the purity of the products from 2 weeks to 2 days. This enables patient treatment to begin more quickly. 

About the author

Suzy and Sarah are the Administrative Team for the Friends charity.

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