The Department of Radioisotope Diagnostics takes its beginning from the moment of opening of the Kyiv City Oncology Center on Verkhovynna Street 69 in 1990. Radioisotope research methods were used already in medicine at that time for diagnosis of tumors, which allowed diagnosing, assessing the spread of the process and controlling the efficacy of the treatment.
Every year the department admits 4,000- 4,500 oncological patients, including bone resection (osteoscintigraphy) – 25–35%, scintigraphy of the thyroid gland – 20–30%, lymph nodes (positive and non-perineal) 5- 10%, radiofospheric diagnosis of tumors and pigmentary skin formations – 5–10%, kidneys (dynamic renoscintiography) – 5– 10%), liver studies (static and dynamic hepatocythography) – 3–5%, etc. The uniqueness of the radioisotope research methods is their functionality, which allows us to investigate the physiological and pathophysiological processes occurring in the body. This is achieved by the use of radiopharmaceuticals that can selectively accumulate in certain morphological structures or reflect the dynamics of the course of physiological and biochemical processes in the body.
The department is headed by a doctor of the highest qualification category Natalia Y. Churikova.
The department is the clinical base of the Department of Radiology of the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education named after P.L. Shupyk. In particular, Shcherbina Oleg Volodymyrovych, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, holds consultations in the department. The main directions of his scientific work are radiological diagnostics of oncourological pathology and application of modern methods of radioisotope diagnostics in oncology. Since the establishment of the department, the co-workers have published more than two hundred scientific works, including one monograph, four teaching aids, seven methodological recommendations and seven patents for the invention.
The team sees its prospects in introducing new methods of radioisotope diagnostics based on the use of new radiopharmaceuticals and equipment. In particular, the Nuclear Medicine Center, which is equipped with the latest equipment, was put into operation at the hospital in 2010.