How does nuclear medicine work?
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials or radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat disease. These tracers are introduced into the body by injection, swallowing, or inhalation. Nuclear medicine procedures are among the safest diagnostic imaging exams available. A patient only receives an extremely small amount of a radiopharmaceutical, just enough to provide a sufficient diagnostic information. In fact, the amount of radiation from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to, or often times less than, that of a diagnostic x-ray.
Frequently preformed examinations include:
Nuclear Medicine is available at SAH every Thursday. For questions about your Nuclear Medicine study, or to schedule a study, please call 402-269-7590.