Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine a variety of diseases and other abnormalities in the body.
Our Millennium MG Nuclear Medicine System allows us to perform both routine scans and scans with SPECT for all specialty needs. This will allow work-up efficiency in coordination with our existing modalities, especially CT and MRI. Our department is now offering a range of exams including:

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

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.

Web Resources

  • Current and accurate patient information about diagnostic radiology procedures, interventional radiology and radiation therapy.
  • What Is Nuclear Medicine? Video: What you need to know about Nuclear Medicine in 2 minutes.