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Nuclear Medicine/Imaging

At Premier Radiology, we read and interpret Nuclear Medicine images. We are also a part of the physician referral service at Borgess Health.

The sub-services that we offer include:

What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine is an imaging technique in which low levels of radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive material) or tracers are administered orally or injected into the body in order to enhance the images of different areas of the body. The radiopharmaceuticals are specially formulated to be temporarily collected in the body part being studied. The tracer emits gamma rays which are detected by nuclear cameras and are enhanced by computers to form images of the abnormality or disease. There are virtually no side effects to any of the medications used, and the amount of radiation exposure is extremely minimal.

How should I prepare for a Nuclear Medicine Study?
You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or you may be allowed to wear your own clothing. Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant or if they are breastfeeding their baby. You should inform your physician and the technologist performing your exam of any medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. You should also inform them if you have any allergies and about recent illnesses or other medical conditions. You will receive specific instructions based on the type of scan you are undergoing.

What type of equipment is used for a Nuclear Medicine Study?
Most nuclear medicine procedures are performed using a gamma camera, a specialized camera encased in metal that is capable of detecting radiation and taking pictures from different angles. Often, gamma cameras are dual-headed with one camera above and one camera beneath the table. A probe is a small hand-held device resembling a microphone that can detect and measure the amount of the radiotracer in a small area of your body. There is no specialized equipment used during radioactive iodine therapy, but the technologist or other personnel administering the treatment may cover your clothing and use lead containers to shield the radioactive material you will be receiving.

For Physicians

External cameras capture internal images emitted by radiopharmaceuticals to detect and track disease.

Nuclear Medicine Study Forms:
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