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At Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, our staff uses nuclear medicine to produce images of the body resulting from detection of energy sent out from a radioactive substance given to the patient. The radiation levels that a patient receives are generally comparable to that of a standard X-ray exam.
What does a Nuclear Medicine examination do?
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.
How to Schedule a Nuclear Medicine appointment:
Your physicianís office must call to schedule an appointment. A significant amount of information is needed prior to scheduling each exam. Required data include type of exam, clinical problem and previous history
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||Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.