Hamilton Health Sciences
Clinical Departments

Nuclear Medicine
Who Are We?

The Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Program includes a vibrant community of physicians, scientists and technologists among others who are actively involved in clinical care, research, and community outreach programs. We work together providing imaging, therapy, and education at several hospitals in Hamilton including the Hamilton General Hospital, the Juravinski Cancer Centre, the McMaster University Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. We also provide clinical services at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Ontario.

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine relies on radiopharmaceuticals, radioactive pharmaceuticals that have met legal requirements for administration to patients. These radiopharmaceuticals can localize metabolic processes and pinpoint sites of disease within organs and/or organ systems. They can also be used in certain cases to treat disease. Typically, a small amount of a radiopharmaceutical is given to a patient by injection, ingestion, or inhalation. The radiopharmaceutical follows a particular metabolic pathway or is attracted to a particular site of disease and releases small amounts of energy (radiation) that can be detected outside of the body by special scanners. These scanners record the movement and localization of radiopharmaceuticals in the body as images. The resulting images are evaluated by physicians to diagnose and treat disease.
Chief Assistant:
Monica Myslin
phone 905.521.2100 ext. 73452

Dr. Gulenchyn:
phone 905.521.2100 ext. 75673
Dr. Karen Gulenchyn
Following graduation from the University of Western Ontario medical school in 1976, Dr. Gulenchyn completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Toronto. She entered into practice in 1982, taking the position of the founding chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Ottawa Civic Hospital. Dr. Gulenchyn’s career has focused on the development and administration of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging departments with a particular goal of fostering research and innovation.

Current Positions

Chief, Department of Nuclear Medicine
Hamilton Health Sciences & St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Interim Chief, Department of Radiology
McMaster University Medical Centre.

Medical & Scientific Director of the Imaging Research Centre
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Associate Professor
Departments of Radiology and Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University

Department of Nuclear Medicine: Physicians

Dr. Katherine Zukotynski
ext. 76556

Dr. Amit Singurkar
ext. 73452
Dr. William Wong-Pack
ext. 73452
Dr. Val Yakemchuk
ext. 73452
Dr. Christopher Marriot
ext. 73452
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Monica Myslin at email or at phone extension 73452
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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