Nuclear Medicine is a form of molecular imaging that images organs and body functions through the emission of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) that are given to the patient.
Using nuclear medicine, radiologists can evaluate kidney, cardiac and thyroid function and make diagnoses for various conditions such as tumors and cancers, bone fracture, infection, and arthritis. There are nearly 100 different nuclear medicine imaging procedures available that visualize every major organ system. When used for treatment (such as I-131 for the treatment of hyperthyroidism or thyroid malignancy), the radioactive molecule has high energy and kills the diseased tissue.
If you would like additional information on these procedures, please visit the Nuclear Medicine section of RadologyInfo.org.
Most nuclear medicine studies require specific instructions and can vary significantly depending on the procedure. You will receive specific instruction for your examination by one of our schedulers or nuclear medicine technologists. If you are unsure of what to do prior to your exam, please give our imaging centers a call and we will review all instructions.
What happens during your examination can vary considerably based on the type of examination being performed. We can let you know what to expect in more detail at the time of scheduling your appointment. Typically, a radiopharmaceutical is administered (either orally or intravenously), and after a variable wait time, you will be placed in front of a camera that will make the images.
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