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Kalispell Regional Medical Center

Nuclear Medicine

KRMC Diagnostic Imaging
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.