Nuclear medicine is a branch of radiology that focuses more on organ function and less on anatomy.
These procedures use small amounts of radiopharmaceuticals also known as radiotracers to diagnose and treat disease. Nuclear medicine can pinpoint molecular activity within the body allowing disease to be detected often in its earliest stages when it is most easily treated. These radiotracers are typically injected into the bloodstream, inhaled, or swallowed and accumulate in tumors or regions of inflammation.
Nuclear medicine exams provide unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures to help diagnose many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other health conditions. It can also show whether a patient is responding to treatment or can be used to treat certain cancers and other medical conditions.
At Tower Radiology we offer a variety of nuclear medicine procedures that are both noninvasive and painless. A patient can expect a comfortable experience with the help of our expert trained technologists who are there to help through every step of the exam.
To prepare for your exam, ask your Tower representative at the time of scheduling your appointment. For a Thallium Stress Test, Biliary Scan/GBEF, or Gastric Emptying procedure the patient should have nothing by mouth after midnight. For a Renal/Vasotec procedure the patient should not take an ace inhibitor 48 hours prior to the exam.