Nuclear Medicine

What is a Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a unique imaging modality that uses cameras to detect radiation coming from within the body. To accomplish this, patients receive “radiopharmaceuticals”, a combination of a particular isotope and a drug that is attracted to a specific part of the body where disease or an abnormality may be present. These radiopharmaceuticals are blended uniquely for each procedure that is ordered and are given through injection or inhalation. A series of pictures are then taken by special gamma cameras that detect the radiation coming from the radiopharmaceutical inside the body. Advanced computer technologies process these images and display them in a way that the Radiologists can interpret. All exams are performed by a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist.