Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of medical imaging. Our Nuclear Medicine Department uses nuclear medicine to detect, diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders and many other medical conditions.
Nuclear medicine uses imaging techniques with a small amount of radioactive material given by injection, inhalation or pill, to study how the cells of organs and tissues work in your body.
As the material collects in the area we are investigating, it emits energy as gamma rays. We use a gamma camera to detect the gamma rays and take images to help your physician evaluate how the organ and tissues are working.
Nuclear medicine gives your doctor important details to complete a diagnosis or recommend additional procedures.
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What should I expect during my nuclear medicine exam?
For most nuclear medicine procedures, you will be lying on a scan table with the gamma camera near the area of the body being imaged . The scanner is open on both sides.
The amount and type of radioactive material administered varies on the procedure and area of the body being evaluated. As it travels through your bloodstream or GI tract, may notice a brief metallic taste . Reactions to radioactive materials are rare.
Exam times vary but most are completed in the same day. Certain exams require patients to come in more than one day. Ask your technologist for specific details about your exam.
How do I prepare for my nuclear medicine exam?
Our Scheduling team will give you specific instructions for the exam that has been ordered. Some exams may require fasting and discontinuation of certain medications while other require no special preparation at all.
Most of the radioactive materials is short-lived in the body. The majority of radioactive material will be gone the day after your exam but you may remain slightly radioactive for a few days. There are usually no restrictions after diagnostic exams. If you are or think you may be pregnant or you are breast feeding, please inform your physician.
The Polyclinic's Nuclear Medicine Department is proud to be recognized as an Accredited Nuclear Medicine Facility by the American College of Radiology.
- To schedule an appointment, please call 206-860-5496 and select option 2.
- For general questions, please call 206-329-1760.