History of Nuclear Cardiology in AFIC/NIHD dates back to 1993/1994, when a planar Siemens portable gamma camera system was used to perform cardiac scintigraphy. With the start of weekly import of radiopharmaceuticals, the department started regular scintigraphic studies in 1994 under the supervision of Captain (Now Col) Mohsin Saeed Shaikh .
The department has now evolved into an international level Nuclear Cardiology setup, located on the ground floor of the main building of AFIC/NIHD in two adjacent locations, with two, dual-head, dedicated cardiac gamma camera systems, Philips CardioMD, installed in 2006; and Positron IS2 Medical puls CDC camera, installed in 2012.
The department, over the last two decades, has had the privilege of providing training and understanding in Nuclear Cardiology to postgraduates and undergraduates in Cardiology and Medicine, who are attached for their rotational training and/or want to keep themselves abreast of the latest advances in the field.
Patient volume has steadily grown over the years, with the increase in patient numbers generally, recommendations of international subject guidelines and due to the growing confidence of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and related consultants in the capabilities of the department.
The department performed around 1900 gated myocardial perfusion studies in 2012, for diagnosis, prognosis and risk stratification of coronary artery disease and assessment of myocardial viability.
The department offers its services to both indoor and outdoor patients of the entitled and non-entitled categories. Entitled patients include Armed Forces personnel and their dependents and referred Federal Government employees and their families. Non-entitled categories include patients referred by in-house consultants and those referred by consultants practising in other hospitals. These include patients granted free concession (like earthquake affectees) or concessional fee rates (like those funded by Fauji Foundation, or being supported from Zakat and Bait-ul-Mal heads).
The department is capable of performing the following scintigraphic studies:
- Thallium-201 Gated Myocardial perfusion studies ( with physical / pharmacological / dual stress protocols).
- Myocardial viability assessment.
- MUGA scan / equilibrium blood pool scintigraphy.
of these the first two categories are regularly performed.
The department performs 12-15 cardiac scintigraphic studies daily by appointment, 5 days a week. Emergent requests are accommodated within 6-24 hours, subject to availability of radioisotope. Daily working hours are from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Facilities are not available over the weekend and on gazetted / public holidays.
051-9271002 extension 3030.
Physician’s advice and all relevant documents need to be presented for a scan appointment to decide about the technique / protocol for the test advised and to give instructions for optimum patient preparation for the test. It is advisable to reconfirm the scan appointment 24-48 hours before the actual date / time of the test, as the radiopharmaceutical used is procured from abroad and delays in delivery / non-availability may affect the scan schedule.