Division of Nuclear Medicine


The Division of Nuclear Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital is geographically located at all three campuses; General, Civic and Riverside. The Division which is the largest in the region provides a full range of Nuclear Medicine services to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec with a catchment population of approximately 1.2 million people.

Clinical Programs

Nuclear Medicine at the General Campus includes an oncologic PET imaging program, general nuclear medicine with bone and pulmonary ventilation perfusion scans as well as cardiac imaging services. The Civic program includes general nuclear medicine. Bone mineral densitometry service is provided at the Riverside campus.

The 3 clinical sites are networked internally at each site and to each other using a newly updated Hermes (processing and archiving) network. The Heart Institute is also linked to the 3 Nuclear Medicine sites providing redundancy across the entire NM network. Nuclear Medicine scans are exported to The Ottawa Hospital’s corporate Picture Archive Communications System (PACS). Physician dictation in Nuclear Medicine is supported by voice recognition technology. The Hospital implemented this technology in 2006 using Nuance’s Powerscribe VR system.

Radiochemistry service is provided through an onsite commercial radiopharmacy excepting FDG, which is supplied by CPDC. Novel PET radiopharmaceuticals are available through the University of Ottawa Heart Institute cyclotron program. The Nuclear Medicine clinical program at all 3 campuses is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).


Postgraduate Nuclear Medicine Residency Program is approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Trainees rotate through the General and the Civic campuses and also through the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac PET programs. Interuniversity agreements are in place with the University of Toronto and the McGill University for training in pediatric nuclear medicine and PET-CT respectively.


Ongoing clinical research at The Ottawa Hospital includes tomographic imaging with bone and ventilation perfusion scans.

Recent Honours and Awards

  • Dr. Bazarjani received award for Best Attendance at Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.
  • Dr. Pelletier-Galarneau recipient of a 2016 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Alavi-Mandell Award for research papers first-authored by a trainee in nuclear medicine: Multicenter Validation of a Shortened Gastric-Emptying Protocol. J Nuc Med, 2015 Jun; 56(6):873–6. Coauthors include Drs Lionel Zuckier and Xuan Pham.
  • Medical student Eric Nguyin (2016) received the American College of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting Best Abstract for his paper: Prior seed localization in breast cancer is associated with a reduced frequency of sentinel lymph node (SLN) visualization. American College of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting/Society of Nuclear Medicine Midwinter Meeting, January 28, Orlando, Florida. Co-authors Drs Mark Bryanton and Lionel Zuckier.
  • Ran Klein awarded adjunct professor at Carleton University, Department of Physics