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NUCLEAR MEDICINE


Nuclear medicine uses computer technology and radioactive substances to produce images of the body and treat disease. It is particularly useful for detecting tumors, aneurysms, irregular blood flow to tissues and inadequate functioning of certain organs.
Before an examination, you will be given a radioactive tracer to make tissues visible on the scans. Bones, organs, glands and blood vessels each use a different radioactive compound as a tracer, which is either ingested or injected, depending on the type of test. The radioisotopes have very low radiation levels that decay in minutes or hours and do not harm the body.
Common uses of nuclear medicine include diagnosis and treatment of hyperthyroidism (Grave’s disease) and with cardiac stress tests to analyze heart function, bone scans for orthopedic injuries, lung scans for blood clots and liver and gallbladder procedures to diagnose abnormal function or blockages.