Nuclear medicine imaging serves to diagnose or care for any anomaly within a patient’s anatomy and its operation during the beginning stages of illness. Patients undergoing nuclear medicine should understand the procedure is relatively painless and the exposure to radiation is compatible to that of a diagnostic x-ray.
Nuclear medicine is a medical imaging specialty used to identify and care for particular illnesses using less intrusive measures than extensive testing or surgery. This is done by dispensing a combination of chemicals with radioactive nuclide medicine either intravenously, orally, or through inhalation.
Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances and a special camera to see inside your body. These scans can show how organs, such as your heart and lungs, are working.
Diagnosing blood clots, cancer, heart disease, injuries, infections and thyroid problems.
Before the test, you receive a small amount of radioactive material, which makes parts of your body show up better. The material can be given through an intravenous (IV) tube or syringe in your arm. Some is given in a drink. You wait as the material is absorbed by your body. This make take an hour or more. THen you lie still on a table while the camera takes images.
Warning: Please indicate whether you are or may be pregnant when any nuclear medicine procedure.
A lung scan can detect lung abnormalities, particularly pulmonary embolism, or other types of breathing problems.
Although the lung scan is a two part procedure, no preparation is necessary.
A hida scan is an examination of the biliary system which provides information about the gallbladder and bile ducts.
The primary reason for a bone scan is to evaluate possible bone abnormalities such as injury, fracture, tumor, or unexplained bone pain. This may be performed as a phased procedure using initial and delayed imaging as indicated under lung scan.
The MIBI stress test provides your physician with a detailed evaluation of your cardiovascular fitness. It can help your doctor evaluate circulation to your heart muscle in a controlled exercise environment. This test also helps your doctor evaluate the condition of your coronary arteries.
The MIBI stress examination is performed in two parts.
Please do not eat prior to or during the test. If you have diabetes, please check with your doctor. When you arrive, you'll need to provide your medical history (including a list of medications) and sign an informed consent.
The sesta MIBI injection is repeated again in 3 hours and scanning is repeated an hour later for 30 minutes.
All MIBI stress examinations use Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography and sophisticated computer processing for data analysis.
Results of the test will be given to you by your physician.