Nuclear Medicine

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