Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Department was founded in 1996 by Prof. Dr. Cumali Aktolun. Since 1999, it has been providing imaging and treatment services. Between 1996-2001 Prof. Cumali Aktolun and 2001-2008 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fatma Berk chaired the department. Since 2008, Prof.Dr. Hakan Demir is the head of the department

Up to now (until 2022), 8 residents in our department have completed their training. Our Nuclear Medicine Department is currently working with 1 Professor, 2 Assoc. Professors, 4 residents, a radiopharmacy technician, a health physicist, 10 technicians, 4 nurses, 6 secretaries and 2 auxiliary personnel. In our department we have two two-headed SPECT cameras, PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography), thyroid uptake probe, treadmill, bone mineral densitometry, ultrasound, gamma probe, C-14 urea breath test, radioiodine treatment unit and other support. We aim to provide the best service to our patients in all fields of nuclear medicine and to contribute to the national and international medical literature with clinical researches.

Nuclear Medicine, is a medical discipline that uses radioactive drugs (radiopharmaceutical, radionuclide) in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The functions of organs are displayed physiologically for the diagnosis of various diseases with scintigraphic examinations. In our department, scintigraphic imaging of thyroid, bone, heart, kidney and many other organs and systems is performed. By means of bone mineral densitometry, osteoporosis, which often occurs in the post-menopausal period, and the risk of fractures that may occur due to it are calculated. With PET-CT, often oncological and cardiac, neurological imaging is performed in diseases. PET/CT imaging is performed with F-18 FDG, Ga-68 DOTA and PSMA. In addition to diagnostic procedures, various radionuclide treatments are applied. These include radioactive iodine (hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer treatment), Lu-177 DOTA in neuroendocrine tumors, Lu-177 PSMA in prostate cancers, pain palliation for bone metastases, radionuclide synovectomy, microsphere treatments (TARE) in liver metastases.

Tel: +90 (262) 303 80 68, (Nuclear Medicine Department),
+90 (262) 303 80 74 (Scintigraphy)
+90 (262) 303 81 97 (PET-CT)

Kocaeli University Department of Nuclear Medicine,
Umuttepe, 41380 KOCAELİ

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Pre-Graduation Nuclear Medicine Education

A total of one-week internship is given to Term V students of the Faculty of Medicine together with the radiation oncology department.

Dönem IIIRadyasyondan Korunma ve Nükleer Tıp
Pediatri Stajı içinde;Pediatrik Nükleer Tıp Uygulamaları
Kardiyoloji Stajı içinde;Kardiyolojik Nükleer Tıp Uygulamaları
Genel Cerrahi Stajı içinde;Cerrahide Nükleer Tıp Uygulamaları

Nuclear medicine residency programme

Nuclear Medicine Department accepts residents with TUS exam. The duration of training is 4 years. During their residency, residents perform internal rotations in the areas of hot lab, gamma camera, PET-CT, and radionuclide treatment policlinic, as well as external rotations for a total of 4 months, including Radiology (2 months), Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (1 month), Cardiology (1 month) is also applied. In our department, Endocrinology fellows rotate for 1 month, Radiology Department residents for 2 months, Radiation Oncology Department residents rotate for 1 month.

Major Scintigraphic Imaging

  • Oncologic PET-CT
  • Bone scintigraphy
  • Ga-68 DOTA PET-BT
  • Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy
  • Ga-68 PSMA PET-BT
  • Radionuclide ventriculography (MUGA)
  • Brain PET-CT
  • Lymphoscintigraphy
  • Myocardial PET-CT (myocardial viability, metabolism)
  • Sentinel lymph node procedure
  • Thyroid scintigraphy
  • Gamma probe studies (parathyroid, thyroid)
  • Thyroid uptake test
  • Brain perfusion scintigraphy (SPECT)
  • I-131 whole body scan
  • Cisternography
  • Parathyroid scintigraphy
  • CSF leak determination
  • Dynamic-Static kidney scintigraphy (MAG3)
  • CSF shunt evaluation
  • Renal cortex scintigraphy (DMSA)
  • GIS bleeding scintigraphy)
  • Radionuclide cystoureterography
  • Gastric emptying time calculation
  • Gastroesophageal reflux examination
  • Salivary gland scintigraphy
  • Meckel's diverticulum scintigraphy
  • Dacryoscintigraphy
  • Lung perfusion-ventilation scintigraphy
  • Labeled RBC (erythrocyte) scintigraphy
  • Somatostatin receptor imaging(Octreotide)
  • Scintimammography
  • MIBG scintigraphy
  • C-14 urea breath test
  • DaTscan

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    Main Treatments

    • Radioactive iodine treatment (hyperthyroidism and goiter treatment)
    • Radioactive iodine therapy (thyroid cancer ablation and metastasis treatment)
    • Lu-177 DOTA treatment in neuroendocrine tumors
    • Lu-177 PSMA treatment in prostate cancers
    • Radionuclide synovectomy (Hemophilic and other synovial hypertrophies)
    • Radionuclide bone pain palliation (bone metastasis pain treatment)
    • Radionuclide microsphere treatment (TARE, Liver metastases treatment)

    Examination/Treatment Preparations and Rules to be Followed

    1. You need to make an appointment with our secretariat for examinations and treatments.
    2. You can get our appointment from our appointment secretariat with the Nuclear medicine request form filled and approved by your doctor following you or the request made from the hospital information system.
    3. Since special preparation is required for examinations and treatments, appointments are not made over the phone.
    4. Nuclear medicine examinations and treatments are harmful for pregnant women as they contain radiation. It is not applied to pregnant women except in very necessary cases. IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR DOUBT PREGNANCY, please inform us.
    5. Some administered radioactive drugs may be harmful to the baby as they pass into breast milk. IF YOU BREASTFEEDING, please inform us.
    6. The examinations are performed by intravenous or oral administration of a low dose of radioactive drug to the patient.
    7. Radioactive drugs that are generally applied do not have serious side effects and allergies.
    8. Apply with your appointment card and previous examinations, if any, at the appointment time on the examination day.
    9. When necessary, radioactive drug injection will be made by the nurse to the patient.
    10. After the injection, it is necessary to wait for a certain period of time in order for the drug given to spread in the body at a sufficient level. Waiting time varies according to all examinations. Some scintigraphies are completed in a few sessions. You will be informed by the doctor/nurse after your injection is made.
    11. Sit in the radioactive waiting room as you will emit radioactive rays during the waiting period. When your imaging time comes, you will be called by the technician.
    12. Since the imaging times of all examinations are different from each other, the waiting times are also different. However, these times may change when an emergency patient arrives.
    13. Please comply with the appointment time and the post-injection imaging time.
    14. You may need to stay away from pregnant women and young children for a certain period of time after your imaging is completed. You can get information about this period from the technician/nurse/physician.
    15. The device technician will give you a result card when your examination is finished. With this card, you can get your result report on the specified day and time. In addition, all examination images and results can be viewed over the computer system (PACS) in the hospital.


    Academic Staff:

    Professor.Dr. Hakan DEMİR  (Head of the Department)

    Associate Professor. Dr. Serkan İŞGÖREN

    Associate Professor. Dr. Gözde DAĞLIÖZ GÖRÜR

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