What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine is a type of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioisotopes (radioactive material) to diagnose various types of conditions. These include organ function, blood flow, detecting tumors, infections, and fractures.
How Does Nuclear Medicine Work? Nuclear medicine procedures require an injection of a radioisotope (radioactive material) which are called radiopharmaceuticals. Most radiopharmaceuticals leave the body within 2-3 days. Depending on which type of radioisotope used, this agent will accumulate in a specific organ or tissue that are called tracers. These tracers tag themselves to the effected body part. When it is time for the imaging to begin, the gamma camera will take a series of images based on where the tracer is emitting from. These images are then assessed for information such as organ function and structure.
We preform nuclear medicine procedures each Thursday. To schedule an appointment or to find out more information, please call (254) 386-1536.