A nuclear medicine exam uses very small amounts of radioactive material to help doctors diagnose diseases or medical conditions. These tests show the function of the organ and can show abnormalities in an organ’s structure or function.
Depending on the type of nuclear medicine test, a radiotracer is injected into a vein, swallowed or inhaled. The radiotracer eventually collects in the area of your body being examined, where it gives off energy in the form of gamma rays. This energy is detected by a gamma camera, scans or probe to produce detailed pictures of the structure and function of organs and other internal body parts.
Our radiologic technologists at Progress West are specially trained in nuclear medicine procedures and have your comfort and ease in mind. The injection of the radioactive substance into a vein in your arm feels similar to having blood drawn. You will not feel anything from the radioactive substance itself. During the test, you'll be positioned next to a gamma camera, which will be placed close to the part of your body being imaged. You will not feel anything during the scan. The radiologist will review your images and communicate directly with your referring doctor, who will discuss the results with you.
To schedule an outpatient diagnostic test, call us at 636.344.1702.