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What is Nuclear Medicine?

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Nuclear medicine bone scan

Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty within radiology. It comprises diagnostic examinations that result in images of body anatomy and function. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to the patient, either intravenously or by mouth. Generally, radiation to the patient is similar to that resulting from standard X-ray examinations.

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What are the use for Nuclear Medicine?

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The list below includes many of the nuclear medicine examinations available.

  • Myocardial Perfusion Scan (a.k.a. Exercise/Pharmacologic Stress Scan)
  • Bone Scan
  • Hepatobiliary Scan
  • Lung Scan
  • Renal Scan for High Blood Pressure or Captopril Renogram
  • Thyroid Scan and Iodine Uptake
  • White Blood Cell Scan
  • Galium Scan
  • GI Bleeding Scan
  • Gastric Emptying Study
  • Parathyroid Scan
  • Oncoscint
  • Octreoscan
  • Nuclearcisternogram