Our staff uses nuclear medicine to produce images based on the detection of energy sent out from a radioactive substance given to the patient.
What does a nuclear medicine examination do?
A nuclear medicine examination produces images that can help physicians diagnose a specific disease or capture images of infections or tumors in specific organs. A patient is given a small amount of a radioactive pharmaceutical that collects in a specific organ or system inside the body. This radiopharmaceutical gives off energy in the form of gamma rays, which are detected by a camera and transferred as images onto a computer. Nuclear medicine exams are commonly used to evaluate blood flow and function of the heart, respiratory function, blood flow to the lungs, kidney function and the presence of cancer.