The division of Nuclear Medicine is a speciality separate from Radiology and Radiation Oncology, and is responsible for all the diagnostic, in-vivo and in-vitro, procedures with unsealed radioactive sources and therapy of benign thyroid pathology. Most of the daily workload is referral for diagnostic procedures from specialities at Groote Schuur Hospital; which include Oncology clinics, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Urology, Geriatric clinic, Memory clinic, Cardiac and Renal Transplant units, Vascular Surgery, Gastrointestinal unit, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Internal Medical units.c
As there are no Nuclear Medicine facilities available at primary and secondary level a significant number of referrals are from outside Groote Schuur Hospital. The referring hospitals include Victoria, Somerset, GF Jooste, False Bay, George, Lentegeur, Westfleur, Valkenberg and Stikland. Various community health centres, private practitioners and specialists in the private sector also refer patients.
The Nuclear Medicine service is available 24 hours a day to all referral centres.
Osteodensitometry has been a part of the Nuclear Medicine department for many years and is a well established unit.