Your healthcare provider may have recommended nuclear medicine imaging to diagnose or treat a health problem; here’s what you should know.
a Nuclear medicine is a specialized type of imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose or treat various diseases.
Nuclear medicine helps doctors diagnose medical conditions by allowing them to see how organs or tissue are functioning. For most diagnostic procedures, a tracer that contains radioactive material is injected, swallowed, or inhaled. Your radiologist or healthcare provider will then use a radiation detector to see how much of the tracer has been absorbed or how it reacts in the organ or tissue. The imaging produced from this process will be interpreted by your healthcare provider to determine a diagnosis.
Doctors can also use nuclear medicine as a form of treatment. It is effective in targeting and destroying damaged or diseased organs or tissue. When used in treatment, the tracer targets a harmful organ or tissue, and radioactivity damages or stops the growth of cells.
Our technologists and radiologists are highly trained in using the latest advancements in nuclear medicine. Some of the technology utilized by our team include state-of-the-art diagnostic gamma cameras, thyroid uptake probes, and the Venti-Scan IV, Radio aerosol Delivery System.
Jamaica Hospital is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology in all areas of imaging including MRI, CT scan, mammography, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound. This designation demonstrates our hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality, and safest imaging services.