Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine?

The name may sound dramatic, but nuclear medicine simply refers to medical imaging exams that use small amounts of radioactive material to get a better view. Nuclear Medicine helps doctors diagnose a variety of diseases and other abnormalities in the body.

Our Millennium MG Nuclear Medicine System by GE allows us to perform both routine scans and scans with SPECT for all specialty needs. This allows work-up efficiency in coordination with our existing imaging technologies, especially CT scans and MRI. We offer a range of exams including:

  • Bone Scan with SPECT
  • DaTscan
  • Gastric Emptying
  • HIDA
  • Liver/Spleen Scan
  • Lung Differential
  • Meckel’s Diverticulum
  • MUGA
  • Renal Scan
  • Thyroid Scan
  • White Blood Cell Study
  • And many others

What should I expect during this exam?

For a nuclear medicine exam, the patient is given a small amount of radioisotope, either orally or by injection, to enhance the visualization of selected organs or vascular structures. Once the radioisotope has accumulated in the region of the body under study, the technologist positions a camera close to the region and begins the scanning process. The images are viewed on a computer monitor after the examination by a specially trained physician who will communicate the results to your doctor.

Learn More About Nuclear Medicine

Introduction to Nuclear Medicine Exams

By RadiologyInfo.org, published by the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America