Nuclear medicine


What is nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medicine that uses radioactivity to diagnose and treat various conditions. It looks at how the body works and can often pick up disease earlier than other imaging types such as x-ray.

We are based at Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, providing a comprehensive nuclear medicine service to the trust as well as to other hospitals. These include general nuclear medicine, DEXA (bone density) scans, PET/CT scans, laboratory tests and molecular radiotherapy treatments. 

Will I require a scan?

We care for a diverse range of patients at the hospitals in our trust, providing extensive support for in-patient services and out-patient clinics. We also provide care to GP surgeries. If you have a condition which may require a nuclear medicine test, a Royal Free London specialist or your GP will discuss this with you.


Do you have an appointment?

Find your ward

  • Barnet Hospital

    Diagnostic Imaging
    Wellhouse Lane
    EN5 3DJ
    General enquiries: 020 8216 5100

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Nuclear medicine
    Pond Street
    NW3 2QG
    General enquiries: 020 7830 2196
    Fax: 020 7830 2469


Referral details

Direct access for GP referrals are routinely accepted for DEXA. Paper requests are accepted for referrals at the Royal Free Hospital. 

All other referrals from in-house referral sources are received electronically.

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