Nuclear medicine uses radiation similar to what comes from standard x-rays
to give your doctor information about body parts’ structure and
function. Before your exam, you will swallow, inhale or have a small dose
of radioactive substance injected, which allows your radiologist to take
images of the area that needs to be treated.
Common Uses of Nuclear Medicine
Images from nuclear medicine studies help your doctor diagnose tumors,
infection, and other disorders with detailed pictures of certain organs
and their functions.
Nuclear medicine can be used to:
- Analyze kidney function
- Take images of blood flow and heart functionality
- Scan lungs for respiratory and blood flow issues
- Identify gallbladder blockage
- Determine fracture, infection, arthritis and tumors in bones
- Identify the presence or spreading of cancer
- Identify bleeding into the bowel
- Locate infection
- Measure thyroid function to detect over activity or underactivity
Find out how to
prepare for Nuclear Medicine procedures.