Nuclear medicine procedures use very small amounts of radioactive material called radioisotopes. These radioisotopes can be injected, inhaled, or taken by mouth. A machine called a gamma camera detects the small amount of gamma rays the radioisotope gives off and that information is processed by a computer to indicate the structure and function of the area of the body under examination.
Nuclear medicine can be used to evaluate blood flow and function of the heart, lungs, and kidneys; determine the presence or spread of cancer; or identify fractures or infection in bones. These are only a few items that nuclear medicine can evaluate, there are many others.
Appointments may be scheduled for 8:30 am – 4:00 pm