Imaging with Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose disease and other abnormalities within the body.
Physicians use nuclear imaging to visualize the structure and function of an organ, tissue, bone, or system of the body.
Nuclear medicine scans are ordered to:
- analyze coronary artery blood flow
- analyze kidney function
- determine the presence or spread of cancer
- evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis and tumors
- identify bleeding in the bowel
- identify blockage in the gallbladder
- investigate abnormalities in the brain
- locate the presence of infection
- measure thyroid function to detect an overactive or underactive thyroid
- scan lungs for respiratory and blood flow problems
Depending on the type of nuclear medicine scan, a dye is injected into a vein, swallowed by mouth or inhaled as a gas and eventually collects in the area of your body being scanned.