A nuclear medicine examination produces images that can help a physician diagnose a specific disease or disorder, or capture images of infections or tumors in specific organs. A patient is given a small amount of a radioactive compound that localizes in specific body organ systems. This compound gives off energy, which a special camera can detect and use to produce an image that can be viewed on a computer. Nuclear medicine exams are commonly used to evaluate blood flow and function of the heart, respiratory and blood flow to the lungs, kidney functions and the presence of cancer, among others. The radiation levels that a patient receives are generally comparable to that of a standard X-ray exam.
How to Schedule a Nuclear Medicine Appointment:
Your physician’s office must call to schedule an appointment. A significant amount of information is needed prior to scheduling each exam, including the type of exam you need, the reason for the procedure, and certain details from your health history.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.