This imaging technique allows the localization of certain areas of inflammation and infection :

  • Osteomyelitis and septic arthritis
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease
  • Loosening of hip or knee prosthesis

A VM-Med technologist first obtains a sample of the patient’s blood, from which white blood cells are extracted. Then, a slightly radioactive isotope is mixed with the patient’s white blood cells and re-injected intravenously. Within a few hours, scintiphotos are produced, which are used to determine if there is an excessive concentration of white blood cells in the evaluated area, indicating the presence of infection or inflammation.



  • None

Approximate duration:

  • 6 to 8 hours but you can leave the clinic between the first and the second part of the examination.
Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT and CT scans
Nuclear imaging and PET/CT Centre VM-Med
2345 Guy Street
Montreal, QC, H3H 2L9
Tel: (514) 933-2778
Toll Free: 1-800-849-6048
Fax: (514) 933-4646
Opening Hours

Monday – Friday:

8AM – 5PM

Saturday – Sunday: