Meet Ollie, Nuclear Medicine Scans patient

The heart: it's an incredible organ we can't see with the naked eye. So when unpleasant symptoms occur, such as shortness of breath, chest pains and fatigue, nuclear medicine allows doctors to have an inner view. As with Ollie, warning signs, combined with a family history of heart attacks, led her to have a stress test. With gracious technologists and negative results, Ollie was able to relax and take heart.

Nuclear Medicine is a subspecialty within the field of radiology. It includes diagnostic imaging studies that demonstrate body anatomy and function. The images are based on the distribution of a radioactive substance given to the patient, either intravenously, by mouth or inhaled into the lungs. Generally, radiation to the patient is similar to that resulting from standard X-ray examinations. Nuclear medicine images can assist the physician in diagnosing diseases. Tumors, infections and other disorders can be diagnosed by evaluating organ function. Some of the Nuclear Medicine Procedures we perform include: Nuclear Medicine Bone Scan, Diamox Scan, Gallium Whole Body Scan, Gastric Emptying, Hepatobiliary Scan, Meckel's Scan, Parathyroid Scan, Stress Gated Heart Scan, Shunt Studies, Thallium Cardiac Scan, and Thyroid Scan.

For more information on this and other radiology procedures, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org.

» Meet our team of Nuclear Medicine Radiologists

Due to the variation of Nuclear Medicine procedures performed, you will receive preparational and instructional information specific to your appointment at the time of scheduling.

Typically your referring physician will schedule an appointment for you. If you have been asked to schedule the appointment yourself, please have your physician's order and any pre-authorization information required by your insurance or health plan provider in hand, and call 704-512-2060.