Nuclear Medicine is an imaging modality that uses radioactive isotopes that are introduced into the body and allow images to be produced with specialized cameras. Nuclear Medicine focuses on the functional processes of your body to obtain the images, where as other imaging modalities such as CAT scan and MRI focus on the anatomy of the body.
What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine is an imaging modality which aids physicians in the diagnosis of numerous medical conditions within the body. Radioactive isotopes are introduced into the body and images are obtained after a waiting period.
What Will I Experience During The Exam?
When you first come to the department you will be given a specific radioactive isotope. This isotope will be introduced into your body through various processes; such as by mouth, into a vein, or under the skin. After the introduction of the isotope into the body, there will be a waiting period, determined by the exam being performed. Once the waiting period is over a technologist will bring you into the camera room and have you lay on an imaging table. The length of imaging depends on the exam being performed.
Who Interprets The Results And How Do I Get The Results?
Our Board Certified Nuclear Medicine Physicians will interpret the exams. The dictated reports are available to the referring Physician through the electronic medical record. The Physician that referred you to have the Nuclear Medicine study will discuss the results with you.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The radioactive isotopes that are used in Nuclear Medicine for diagnostic purposes do not have any side effects.
Is There Any Preparation For These Scans?
The preparation for your scan depends on the type of scan that you are having. Please contact your referring physician or the Nuclear Medicine Department.