Nuclear Medicine is a specialty within radiology that uses radioactive material to evaluate conditions within the anatomy and physiology of the patient’s body. It is unique within the field of radiology because it images the function of organs, not just its structure.
Nuclear Medicine is well known to capture trauma, fractures, and arthritis of bones and joints. Because it assesses the function of organs, it can be used as a tool to monitor their function and also track the growth of tumors.
Exam results are communicated to the patient directly by the radiologist after the exam. At InHealth, we believe that all of our patients should be presented their results without delay. Shortly after the patient is seen, the images and results are shared with the ordering physician through our secure Picture Archiving & Communications System (PACS) portal.
How it Works
Before the test begins, you will be given a small amount of radioactive material called a radioisotope. This medication will be injected or taken orally, depending upon the area being examined.
This medication will help provide greater contrast of the area to be examined.
There should be little to no discomfort involved in the test. Nuclear medicine procedures are safe and effective.
How the test is performed depends on the type of scan ordered by your physician. In many cases, there will be a delay between the time you are given the medication and the time of the actual scan. This allows the isotope enough time to flow through the body and concentrate in the organ that is being targeted for examination.