Used to identify disease in its earliest stages, Nuclear Medicine uses small amounts of radioactive material to create computer images of the inside of your body. These tiny radiotracers are usually injected into the bloodstream, but can also be inhaled or swallowed.
Nuclear Medicine, with the ability to see changes at the molecular level, are used to diagnose heart disease and blood flow, respiratory issues, bone fractures and conditions, brain and neurological disorders, and cancers.
Some patients maybe asked for a urine sample for a pregnancy test. As with most imaging tests, pregnant women and their doctors should discuss the risk of having the test while they are pregnant.
Please do not bring:
- Jewelry, watches, credit cards and hearing aids, all of which can be damaged.
- Pins, hairpins, metal zippers and similar metallic items, which can distort images.
- Removable dental work.
- Pens, pocketknives and eyeglasses.
- In most cases, this exam is safe for patients with metal implants, except for a few types.