Nuclear Medicine is a healthcare specialty involving the use of radioactive compounds to perform diagnostic imaging examinations for abdominal, skeletal and cardiac procedures that can lead to the effective treatment of many diseases. Nuclear Medicine gives doctors another way to look inside the body.
The purpose of this diagnostic study is to provide an image that evaluates organ function and locates disease or tumors. Nuclear scans also show the size, shape and position of the organ being scanned. After you are given a low dose of a radioactive substance images are able to be obtained with a special camera based on the energy produced by the radioactive substance.
Nuclear Medicine scans can be used to assist your healthcare provider in diagnosing disease, tumors, infection and other disorders by evaluating organ function.
Your healthcare provider will tell you if there are specific instructions on eating prior to your exam and whether or not you should take your routine medications. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for your test. Discuss with your healthcare provider if you are claustrophobic or worried about lying still during the scan. He or she may order medication to help you relax during the procedure.
Outpatient procedures at AGH are scheduled between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information or to schedule a procedure, please call (269) 686-4210. For more information about a specific Nuclear Medicine procedure visit www.radiologyinfo.org