What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine provides a look at the inside of your body – without surgery. It reveals information to your doctor about the structure and function of certain organs and systems in the body, from blood flow to the heart and brain, to lung and kidney function, to bone density.
This testing method uses small amounts of radioactive material – less than the amount of radiation in a single X-ray – introduced by swallowing, inhaling or injection into the body. A special camera allows your doctor to view a specific body part or abnormality.
Nuclear medicine is different from other diagnostic procedures because it helps diagnose and treat disease based how certain organs work, as opposed to their appearance.
Nuclear medicine offers early diagnosis and information about the body that might otherwise be unavailable, using other diagnostic tests. Your doctor can gather important medical information early – when disease is most treatable. Nuclear medicine is used to gather information and treat a variety of diseases, including:
- Heart disease
- Bone density
- Digestive disorders
- Lung function
- Liver and kidney function
- Internal bleeding
A doctor’s referral is required.
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