Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances to image the body and treat disease. It looks at both the physiology (functioning) and the anatomy of the body in establishing diagnosis and treatment.

Nuclear Medicine

A nuclear medicine exam is a safe and painless procedure which utilizes radioactive material to detect, diagnose and treat disease. It can often identify abnormalities early in the progression of a disease, a time when a more successful treatment may be possible.

Nuclear medicine imaging techniques give doctors another way to look inside the human body. The techniques combine the use of computers, detectors, and radioactive substances. All of these techniques use different properties of radioactive elements to create an image. 

  • Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
  • Cardiovascular imaging
  • Bone scanning

Nuclear medicine imaging is useful for detecting:

  • Tumors
  • Aneurysms (weak spots in blood vessel walls)
  • Irregular or inadequate blood flow to various tissues
  • Blood cell disorders and inadequate functioning of organs, such as thyroid and pulmonary function deficiencies.

The use of any specific test, or combination of tests, depends upon the patients symptoms and the disease being diagnosed.