Nuclear Medicine

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.