Nuclear medicine

What we do

Nuclear medicine is a safe and painless way of taking pictures of the inside of your body. These images can be used to find problems in the very early stages of a disease, sometimes before they show up on other tests.

It uses small amounts of radioactive material as a ‘tracer’ to diagnose a condition. We inject the material into one of your veins. The radiation it gives out is picked up by a gamma camera, a special device which converts the information into an image that can show the presence, size and shape of abnormalities in various organs in your body. We also use this technique to treat certain conditions.

We keep the radiation doses as low as possible, especially when scanning children.

In particular, our service diagnoses and treats:

Preparing for your appointment

Important: before your scan you must tell us if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Please read your appointment letter carefully before you appointment. It gives you details of the test you are going to have and tells you whether you need to follow any special instructions.

You can usually eat and drink as normal beforehand, but there are restrictions with certain scans so please check your letter carefully.

You can bring a friend or relative with you, but where possible do not bring young children.


Lower ground floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 2020
  • Nuclear Medicine & PET-CT Reception Fax: +44 (0)20 3299 3516
  • PET-CT Appointment Booking: +44 (0)20 3299 2022
  • Reception Office: +44 (0)20 3299 5580
  • Referrals:

Patient Information Leaflets

Conditions we treat

We offer a comprehensive range of PET-CT scans using F18-FDG, F18-Na for bone scanning, F18-Choline for prostate, F18-amyloid imaging agent for the brain and Ga68-Dotatate for certain types of cancer, mainly neuroendocrine tumours. These may be combined with a diagnostic CT. PET-CT scanning at King’s has more details

Primary referrers
We have an open referral practice for primary care for all diagnostic nuclear medicine investigations including DEXA, bone scans, kidney assessments and myocardial perfusion.

  • For assessment of bone mineral density, please request a DEXA scan.
  • For radionuclide imaging of bone function and pathology, please request a bone scan
  • We prefer referrals for thyroid assessment and thyrotoxicosis treatment to be made through the endocrine team to ensure integrated clinical care.

Tertiary referrers
Our tertiary practice specialises in the correlative functional imaging of endocrine malignancy, neurological disorders, complex hepatobiliary examinations and specialised bone imaging.

We offer a full range of unsealed source therapy for benign and malignant disease including:

  • I-131 treatment of thyroid cancer
  • treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine tumours
  • selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) of primary and secondary liver tumours.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

PET-CT scan referrals
Complete the PET-CT referral form below and email it to

Nuclear medicine imaging referrals including bone densitometry (DXA)
Complete the Nuclear medicine referral form below and email it to

Emergency Referrals

For emergency referrals, contact Nuclear Medicine reception staff on 020 3299 3153, who will help you contact the most appropriate member of staff.

Other Queries

020 3299 3153

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Mr Andrew Cheetham Lead Technologist/Clinical Tutor
Mr Ben Corcoran Principal Clinical Scientist
Mr Nick Gulliver Chief Clinical Technologist / Service Manager
Dr Nicola Mulholland Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician & Radiologist
Mr Adrien Michael Peters Consultant
Dr Manuela Vadrucci Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician
Dr Gill Vivian Lead Consultant in Nuclear Medicine
Dr Gill Vivian Nuclear Medicine Consultant Physician