Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a subspecialty within the field of Radiology. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and painless test that physicians use to diagnose and treat disease and other abnormalities.

Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are having, the radio tracer is injected into a vein, swallowed by mouth or inhaled as a gas collects in the area of the body being examined. Gamma rays is detected by a device called gamma camera, a PET scanner or probe. These devices work together with a computer to measure the amount of radio tracer absorbed by your body and produce pictures offering detailed on the structure and function of the organs.

Common Uses:

  • Analyze kidney function
  • Scan lungs
  • Identify gallbladder blockage
  • Visualize heart blood flow and function
  • Evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis and tumors
  • Identify bowel bleeding
  • locate infection
  • investigate abnormalities in the brain
  • Measure thyroid function
  • Determine spread of cancer

 

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