Complete nuclear medicine procedures
Nuclear medicine, which includes PET/CT scans, is a type of imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to evaluate molecular activity within the body. It can be used to help diagnose many types of diseases and disorders at an early stage, as well as to see how your body is responding to therapy. Read on for more details about different nuclear medicine scans available at EVDI.
Positron Emission Tomography, also called PET, uses radioactive material to pinpoint molecular activity within the body. When combined with the anatomic information from a CT exam, PET/CT can show exactly where abnormal metabolic activity is occurring in the body.
Nuclear medicine scans use small amounts of radioactive material to evaluate molecular activity within the body. Examples of nuclear medicine scans include:
- Thyroid uptake and scans and parathyroid scans, which are used to evaluate the thyroid and parathyroid
- Cardiac (muga) scans to evaluate the function of the right and left ventricles of the heart
- Hepatobiliary scans (also called HIDA or DISIDA scans) to evaluate the gallbladder and the production and flow of bile from the liver to the small intestine
- Gastric emptying studies, which examine the speed of food exiting the stomach and entering the small intestine
- Liver/spleen scans
- Renograms, which are used to assess the function of the kidneys
- Bone scans
Nuclear medicine can also be used for therapy, as in I-131 therapy procedures that use small amounts of radioactive material to treat medical conditions affecting the thyroid gland.