Nuclear Medicine at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 Monday to Friday

Phone: (02) 9845 2890
Fax: (02) 9845 2892  

Urgent weekend services: Contact on-call doctor on 9845 0000.


Location: Level 2, Department of Medical Imaging, Diagnostic Services Building.

PET scanner location: Westmead Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound, PET suite

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The Department of Nuclear Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is a specialist children’s nuclear medicine service for inpatients and outpatients.

The service is predominantly diagnostic, however, some therapeutic nuclear medicine is performed.

Currently, our Positron Emission Tomography (PET) service performs the largest number of paediatric PET scans nationally and services Sydney Children’s Hospital for a small number of patients.

We work closely with Medical Imaging and are co-located in the same building.

Nuclear Medicine service includes:

  • using radiopharmaceuticals, both in-vivo and in-vitro, for diagnostic, therapeutic and investigative purposes.
  • the measurement and interpretation of bone mineral density.
  • acting in a consultative role, both medical and technical, in the diagnostic and therapeutic application of radiopharmaceuticals and radioisotopes in children.
  • performing research into the application of nuclear medicine in paediatrics at a clinical and basic research level.
  • incorporating nuclear medicine images with other modalities such as CT and MRI to improve diagnostic sensitivity.

Staff

  • Prof Robert Howman-Giles, Head, Department of Nuclear Medicine
  • Justine Trpezanovski, Chief Nuclear Medicine Scientist
  • Theo Kitsos, Deputy Chief Nuclear Medicine Scientist
  • Julie Briody (Senior BMD Scientific Officer)