Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear MedicineNuclear medicine is an imaging technique in which low levels of radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive material) or tracers are administered or injected into the body in order to enhance the images of different areas of the body. The radiopharmaceuticals are specially formulated to be temporarily collected in the body part being studied. The tracer emits gamma rays which are detected by nuclear cameras and Nuclear Medicineare enhanced by computers to form images of the abnormality or disease.

This is a safe, painless procedure that shows the shape, structure and function of organs, soft tissues and bones. Nuclear medicine scans are used to diagnose and treat defects in the structure of an organ, infections, unsuspected fractures, and detects tumors and other abnormalities very early in disease processes. Nuclear scans typically show less detail or spatial resolution, than other type of imaging but the functional information provided is valuable in assessing tissue or organ function.


Bone Scan

Nuclear bone scanning is utilized in diagnosing and assessing treatment of various kinds of cancer. The scan reveals if the cancer has spread or metastasized, beyond the primary site and can indicate if secondary cancer growths are apparent in the bones.

GI Bleed Scan

A gastric intestinal bleed scan is a nuclear medicine using a radioactive tracer attached to your red blood cells to enable the physicians to locate where the bleeding is from, the stomach, small intestine, or large intestine.

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Hepatobiliary Scan/Gallbladder Ejection Fraction

A gallbladder scan can be used to diagnose disease and to find abnormalities of the gallbladder.

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Liver/Spleen Sulfur Colloid Scan

A diagnostic procedure used to evaluate the liver for suspected disease. This can evaluate disorders of the liver such as cirrhosis, cysts, tumors, and hemangiomas.

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Stress Cardiolyte

This test can determine if portions of the heart muscle are not receiving blood supply adequately.

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Thyroid Uptake

A nuclear medicine study is used to evaluate the thyroid gland. The uptake and scan will be utilized to determine the function of the gland, and the presence of masses.

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Ventilation and Perfusion Lung Scan

This is used to evaluate pulmonary emboli (clots). There are two parts to the lung ventilation and perfusion scan: The ventilation scan is used to see how well air reaches all parts of the lungs. The perfusion scan measures the blood supply through the lungs.

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PET/CT scan

PET-CT, showing breast tumor with spread to the lymph nodesThe PET scan demonstrates the biological function of the body, while the CT scan provides information about the body's anatomy such as size, shape and location.

By combining these two technologies, physicians can more accurately identify and treat a wide variety of disorders. This combination image is called a PET/CT scan. This combination scan provides a more complete picture, helping your doctor diagnose problems, determine the extent of disease, prescribe treatment, and track progress. This is especially useful in determining the extent of certain cancers.

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