What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive isotope to determine if specific
organs such as the kidneys, gallbladder and thyroid are functioning
properly. The most common exam is a full body bone scan used to
examine the bones for cancer or trauma.
What to Expect
Several hours before the test begins you will be given a small
amount of radioactive isotope that will be injected or swallowed.
The specific exam to be given determines the time allowed between
when you are given the isotope and the scan begins. Tracking the
isotope as it moves through your body can give your physician
valuable information about how specific body organs are functioning.
A camera, called a gamma camera measures the radiation and forms
an image on film. By looking at the spots of increased or decreased
absorption of the isotope, defects and problems can be identified.
The radioactivity is quickly eliminated from the body and there
are no side effects to the exam.
Instructions vary depending upon the body part to be scanned.
Your physician or our technologist will give you specific instructions
on how to prepare for your exam. This exam is not recommended
for pregnant or nursing mothers.
How Long Will it Take?
Exam times vary depending on the body part being scanned. Our
technologist can give you an estimate based upon the exam you