Nuclear medicine is a specialty exam using radioactive isotopes to study the function of certain parts of your body. Nuclear medicine images can help the physician diagnose diseases. We can also detect tumors, infection and other disorders by evaluating organ function. Nuclear medicine can be used to:
- Analyze kidney function
- Image blood flow and heart function
- Scan lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems
- Identify blockage of the gallbladder
- Evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor
- Determine the presence or spread of cancer
- Identify bleeding into the bowel
- Locate infection
- Measure thyroid function
Nuclear medicine also offers therapeutic procedures. They include radioactive iodine (I-131) therapy that use small amounts of radioactive material to treat cancer and other medical conditions.
How Should You Prepare for a Nuclear Medicine Procedure?
Your preparation depends on the type of nuclear imaging test you are having. Preparations for your exam will be provided to you when you schedule your appointment and prior to your exam. Download our exam preparation guidelines here. (link to exam preps)