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Nuclear Medicine Scans

Nuclear medicine allows noninvasive visualization of function and structure of organs and tissue through radionuclide tracers in the bloodstream.

Clinical indications for performing nuclear scans include:

  • evaluate myocardial perfusion
  • diagnose and treat thyroid conditions
  • evaluate bone pain, injuries, infection and disease
  • measure blood flow and air exchange through the lungs
  • assess kidney, liver and/or gallbladder function
  • examine how the stomach empties its contents

Thanks to a dual-head SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) camera, patients will spend less time in the exam with clearer, faster results, allowing physicians to diagnose and treat abnormalities earlier in the disease.

Dual SPECT offers advanced capabilities, including:

  • rotating camera obtains detailed 3D images in half the time as a single head
  • a full body scan can be completed in one pass
  • scanning patients on a gurney or in bed
  • SPECT is considered the clinical standard in non-invasive imaging for cardiac disease
  • SPECT offers superior levels of sensitivity and specitivity for abnormalities

For a more in depth look at this procedure, visit our Health Library page on this topic.