Nuclear medicine encompasses a wide variety of procedures used to diagnose various diseases inside the body. Nuclear medicine offers a unique approach to gathering information that would otherwise be invasive or impractical to obtain.

Depending on the type of procedure, radioactive material is administered in different ways. A period of time must pass so the material can disperse inside the body before your imaging is completed.

During your procedure, a nuclear gamma camera detects the microscopic radiation that is emitted by the nuclear agent you ingested. These rays are captured and conveyed into a computer that analyzes the information into diagnostic images.


Preparation for Nuclear Medicine procedures varies by the patient and other ongoing treatments that you may be receiving. Due to the individual nature of these exams, your physician and our staff will instruct you how to prepare for your procedure.

Because of the risk associated with nuclear medicine, it is important that you tell your doctor if you are or may be pregnant. Alternative diagnostic imaging may be suggested.

Nuclear Medicine procedures include:

  • Bone scan
  • Brain SPECT
  • Gallium scan
  • Gastric emptying
  • G.I. bleed
  • HIDA (hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan)
  • Liver/spleen scan
  • Liver SPECT
  • Lung Ventilation/Perfusion (V/Q scan)
  • Lymphoscintigraphy
  • MUGA (multi-gated acquisition scan)
  • Myocardial perfusion
  • Renal scan
  • Thyroid uptake & scan
  • White blood cell scan