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
- 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 breast feeding.
- Based on the type of nuclear medicine scan you are receiving, your doctor will provide more specific instructions.
- Some procedures require injections in the morning, followed by scanning in the afternoon. You may bring reading material if you decide to stay on site during this time.
- To avoid delays, remember to bring a copy of your prescription.
Nuclear Medicine Results
Atlantic Health System's radiologists are board-certified and fellowship-trained in the supervision and interpretation of nuclear medicine examinations. They will interpret 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 services may vary by location. Please confirm when booking an appointment.