Nuclear Medicine procedures provide information about the anatomy of the body and the function of its organs. Very small amounts of radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, are used to diagnose and/or treat disease. These substances are attracted to specific organs, bones or tissues within the body. A special nuclear camera then records the activity given off by the radiopharmaceuticals and forms images of the body parts on a computer.
Nuclear medicine testing is:
- Safe ( Radiation is equal to a chest x-ray)
- Cost effective
Any radioactivity from the radiopharmaceutical will be eliminated through your urine. You will not notice any changes.
Our Nuclear Medicine Department performs multiple types of exams:
- Blood flow in arteries and veins
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
All of our technologists are certified in Nuclear Medicine and have years of experience to answer your questions and help keep you comfortable.
Your images will be interpreted by board certified radiologists who will provide a prompt report to your physician. These tests are offered on an outpatient basis and require a physician referral.