Nuclear medicine, or radionuclide imaging, is a noninvasive test that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers and heart disease. Imaging devices that incorporate nuclear medicine include single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET).
Nuclear medicine can also be used in treatment procedures, such as radioactive iodine therapy for cancer and thyroid conditions.
Preparing for Nuclear Medicine at Overlook Imaging
- You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or you may be allowed to wear your own clothing.
- Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant or if they are breastfeeding.
- Based on the type of nuclear medicine scan you are receiving, your doctor will provide more specific instructions.
Nuclear Medicine Results
Overlook Imaging’s radiologists are experts in supervising and interpreting radiology examinations. They will analyze your nuclear medicine images and send a signed report to your primary care physician or the physician who referred you for the exam.
Nuclear medicine is available at Overlook Imaging – Overlook Medical Center’s Radiology Department.
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