Nuclear Medicine is a department of radiology that helps physicians diagnose disease and tumors of the body.
Nuclear medicine procedures use small amounts of radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, to create images of the anatomy of the body. These radiopharmaceuticals are substances that are attracted to specific organs, bones, and tissue. They are introduced into the body by injection, swallowing, or inhalation. As the radiopharmaceutical travels through the body, it produces radioactive emissions. A special type spect/CT camera (one of only two in the state) detects these emissions in the organ, bone, or tissue being imaged and records the information on a computer for our physicians to interpret. All of these exams are performed by registered nuclear medicine technologists.
There are more than 100 different nuclear medicine exams. The most common exams that are performed at Citizens include thyroid scan, cardiac stress test, lung scan, bone scan, gastric emptying study, GI bleeding study, hepatobiliary (hida) scan and renal scan.