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What is a Nuclear Medicine? 

Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and, with the exception of intravenous injections, are usually painless medical tests that assist physicians in the diagnosis and evaluation of medical conditions. They involve the use of small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose the cause of a medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue, or bone.  The radiation is emitted from inside the body and is detected by a special camera to create an image for the radiologist. 

Silver Cross Hospital received the ACR Accreditation in Nuclear Medicine for 3 years.

How is the Nuclear Medicine Exam Performed? 

Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam, a radiotracer will be either injected into the body, swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of the body being examined. After getting the radioactive substance, you may have pictures taken right away or may have to wait several hours or days to allow the radioactive molecules to travel throughout the body. 

During the exam, the patient will be positioned on a special table with a camera placed over the body. Sometimes the camera will rotate around the patient and sometimes it will be placed in a fixed position.  The Nuclear Medicine technologist will perform the test but may not be inside the room throughout the entire exam. The patient and technologist will communicate throughout the exam. 

Preparing for your Nuclear Medicine Exam

  • You will be asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to register for your exam. A nuclear medicine scan can take from a few minutes to several hours or days to complete.
  • Patients should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change as they may be asked to wear a gown for their procedure.
  • You may asked to remove personal items such as jewelry, eyeglasses, keys, phones and other metal objects that may interfere with the test.
  • Results are normally available to your physician in 24-48 hours.  

 

Here are some of the Nuclear Medicine services we offer.

  • Bone Scan
  • Gastric Emptying
  • Gall Bladder/Hida Scan
  • Renal Function
  • Nuclear Stress Test
  • Muga Scans (Cardiac Function Assessment)
  • Thyroid Scans
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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.