Nuclear Medicine is a specialty of medical imaging that uses radioactive isotopes in diagnosis and treatment of disease. With safety as the top priority, radioactive isotopes are combined with other chemicals or medicines.
Nuclear Medicine Services include, but are not limited to:
- Heart Scans (Cardiolite)
- Muga Scan
- Bone Scan
- Thyroid Uptake and Scan
- Parathyroid Scan
- Lung Scan
- Renal Scan
Nuclear medicine is unique because it can provide information about both structure and function, without surgery. The images can often identify abnormalities very early in the process of a disease. Testing is painless and cost-effective. Whether used to diagnosis or treat medical problems, the small amount of radioactive materials are targeted directly to the organ being treated. The amount of radiation in a typical procedure is comparable with that received during a diagnostic x-ray.
With new and innovative nuclear medicine treatments being developed, targeting and pinpointing molecular levels within the body, it is revolutionizing the approach to a vast range of diseases and conditions.
Your physician will typically refer you for this type of diagnostic study. To schedule a nuclear medicine study, please contact (360) 704-4750.