Nuclear medicine is a type of medical imaging that provides detailed pictures of what is happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular level. It is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that may otherwise be unavailable or require a more expensive and risky diagnostic test.
A small amount of a radioactive “tracer” substance is injected and travels through the bloodstream to determine blood flow or lack of blood flow.
Nuclear medicine tests available weekly at HHC include:
- Cardiolite tests to determine myocardial perfusion (heart function and blood flow)
- Bone scans
- HIDA scan to test for gallbladder and bile function
- Liver, spleen and bile function scans
- Scans for GI bleeds, gastric emptying and Meckel’s diverticulum
- Lung scans
- Renal scans
- Parathyroid imaging
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