Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic tool involving the application of a radioactive substance to identify metabolic activity.
Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and are usually painless tests that help physicians diagnose and evaluate conditions. In nuclear medicine, the body is imaged “from the inside out”. Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam, the radiotracer is either injected into the body, swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of the body being examined. Radioactive emissions from the radiotracer are detected by a special camera or imaging device that produces pictures and provides molecular information.
The diagnostic exams include but not limited to heart, lungs, bones, brain, liver, gallbladder, kidneys and scrotum.
The way you prepare for a nuclear medicine procedure depends on the type of exam you are having.
To ensure accurate test results, please carefully follow the instructions you receive from the facility where your exam is scheduled. When scheduling your exam, be sure to alert us if you have any allergies or special medical problems or needs.
If you have any questions about your preparation, call the center where your study is scheduled.
Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your nuclear medicine scan.