Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a type of diagnostic imaging that provides a detailed picture of what is happening in the body at the molecular and cellular level. This type of imaging may be recommended to determine the presence or severity of a certain medical condition or disease. A radioisotope or radioactive medication is given by IV injection or by mouth. Patients will be asked to lie on a table and a camera will rotate around the patient while taking a series of pictures. 

PET/CT

PET/CT is a diagnostic imaging tool used to measure the activity of cells. The images produced provide a detailed picture of what is happening in the body at the molecular and cellular level. This type of imaging may be recommended to determine the presence or severity of a certain medical condition or disease. PET/CT uses nuclear medicine and CT scan imaging to create a combination of images from both scans. Radioactive medication is given by IV injection and some patients may be asked to drink oral contrast. Patients will be asked to lie on a table that will slide into the PET/CT scanner. 

Additional information

  • Nuclear Medicine on RadiologyInfo.org
    Information on how Nuclear Medicine procedures are performed, what you may experience and how to prepare for exams.

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