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Nuclear medicine provides images of your body and how it functions to help doctors diagnose diseases. Tumors, infections and other disorders can be detected by evaluating your organ function.
Benefits of nuclear medicine to identify a range of possible health problems:
- Analyze kidney function
- Image blood flow and heart function
- Scan lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems
- Identify gallbladder blockage
- Evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor
- Determine the presence or spread of cancer
- Identify bleeding in the bowel
- Locate the presence of infection
- Measure thyroid function to detect an overactive or under active thyroid
How Nuclear Medicine Test Work
The test produces high quality images to evaluate how your organs function. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive tracer given to you, either through the veins (intravenously) or by mouth. It’s safe, since the amount of radiation is similar to that of an x-ray. It’s an extremely effective way to view inside your body.
Preparing for Your Nuclear Medicine Test
Most studies do not require any special preparation. Please let your technologist know if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are breastfeeding. If any preparation is needed before your test, your doctor or our scheduling center will let you know.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your exam time. Remember to bring a photo ID, your insurance card, medication lists and any additional forms provided by your doctor.
After Your Nuclear Medicine Test
Our board certified radiologist reads your exam. The results are sent to your doctor within 24 hours. You can view your results online through our Patient Portal. If you don’t have a Patient Portal account, you can sign up when you register for your exam – all you need is a photo ID and an email address.