Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to both image and in some cases treat diseases.  Imaging follows an injection or ingestion of a minute amount of radioactive tracer to evaluate the functions, conditions and abnormalities of internal organs or bony structures.  Nuclear medicine studies are unique in that they document function of organs in addition to structure. Nuclear Medicine Picture

What are some common uses of the procedure?

Nuclear medicine images can assist the physician in diagnosing diseases.  Tumors, infection, and other disorders can be detected by evaluating organ function.  Some specific uses are:

  • Renal scan to analyze kidney function
  • Nuclear Cardiology to diagnose ischemic disease of the heart
  • Lung scan for respiratory and blood-flow problems
  • Hepatobiliary scan to rule out cholecystitis & HIDA CCK to evaluate function of gallbladder
  • Bone scan to evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor
  • Bone scan to determine the presence or spread of cancer
  • GI bleeding scan to identify bleeding into the bowel
  • Gallium scan to locate the presence of infection
  • Thyroid scan to measure thyroid function to detect an overactive or underactive thyroid
  • TC-99M sulfur colloid for liver-spleen imaging

Our Nuclear Medicine Program at LAMC includes the following procedures:

Myocardial perfusion sestamibi stress test

Myocardial perfusion Dipyridamole (pharma logical) stress test

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (Captopril) Renography


Equilibrium Grated Blood Pool Ventriculaography (MUGA)

Gallium-67 Citrate Tumor Imaging

Gastric emptying protocol

Iodine-131 Whole Body Imaging in Thyroid Cancer

TC-99m Red Blood Cell Labeling

TC-99m Red Blood Cell Scintigraphy

TC-99m Sestamibi Parathyroid Imaging

Tc-99m Sulfur Colloid Liver-Spleen Scintigraphy

Testicular Scintigraphy

Three-Phase Skeletal Scintigraphy

Thyroid Imaging

Thyroid Imaging with Iodine-123 (Sodium Iodide)

Whole body bone scan and SPECT

Iodine 131 Hyperthyroid Therapy

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