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Dr Kshama Wechalekar
Lead consultant in nuclear medicine
Nuclear Medicine
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About

Dr Kshama Wechalekar is the lead consultant in nuclear medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Kshama qualified from Nagpur University, India, in 1996. She trained in general nuclear medicine in India at the Radiation Medicine Centre and at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, and received her qualification in 1999.

After moving to the UK, she completed further training at Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden hospitals for four years. She gained specialist knowledge in nuclear cardiology and oncology including PET-CT. She also has a specialist qualification in nuclear cardiology from both the American and European nuclear cardiology boards.

In 2008, she became a consultant in nuclear medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital. Since 2011, she has led a team providing specialist radionuclide imaging services.

She is responsible for PET-CT facility at 77 Wimpole Street, Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care’s outpatient service in central London.

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Medical Procedures

  • Nuclear imaging of the heart and lungs
  • Using hybrid imaging techniques, such as SPECT-CT and PET-CT, to improve understanding of pathophysiological processes affecting heart and lungs
  • Imaging of inflammation and infection using PET-CT
  • Imaging for cardiac and systemic sarcoidosis using PET-CT

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Special Interests

Dr Wechalekar has extensive experience in myocardial perfusion imaging. She led development on a new method of gauging lung function for patients undergoing lung surgery. She believes in the strength of multimodal imaging in better understanding of disease processes.

 

Education

Primary Medical Qualification

MB BS 1996 Nagpur University

 

Specialist Register entry date

Nuclear medicine From 23 Aug 2006

Memberships

Dr Wechalekar is part of several professional organisations and treasurer of the British Nuclear Cardiology Society.