Through nuclear imaging, diagnostic imaging staff can see your body at work. This is especially helpful when looking at blood clots, cancer and the functioning of the organs in your body.
Nuclear medicine uses very small and safe amounts of radioactive materials in conjunction with a specialized camera to diagnose and treat disease. Don't let the name scare you. These tracers leave the body very quickly and have no side effects.
A harmless radioactive material called a "radiopharmaceutical" is administered by injection, inhalation or taken orally, depending on which exam is being performed. Imaging time varies, generally ranging from 30 to 120 minutes.
Physicians utilize nuclear medicine to best show bones or organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, thyroid and many others while they are functioning within the body.
What are some common procedures?
Find out more about nuclear medicine and what these scans can do to help track the progression of disease.
- Heart scans
- Bone scans
- Lung scans
- Kidney scans
- Liver/Gallbladder scans
- Stomach/Bowel scans
- Tumor/Abscess Localization scans
- Thyroid Uptakes/Scans
- Nuclear Medicine Thyroid Therapy