FAQ'S on Radiation Synovectomy
What is radiation synovectomy?
Ans : It is the synovectomy of inflamed joints using radionuclides instead of surgery.
What condition can be treated with radiation synovectomy?
Ans : Rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathy, chronic pigmented villonodular synovitis and haemophiliac synovitis.
Wha are the radioisotopes involved in radiation synovectomy?
Ans : Radioisotopes are chosen depending on the size of the joint. They could be imported ones like Yttrium-90, Rhenium-186, Erbium-169 or the indigenously made Colloidal samarium phosphate.
What is the riskinvolved in radiation synovectomy?
Ans : There could be radiation leak from the site of puncture if the joint is not immobilized adequately.
What is the cost of radiation synovectomy?
Ans : the cost of radiation synovectomy varies depending on the radioisotopes being used.
Please contact Nuclear Medicine Dept. for any further information.