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Nuclear Medicine

Procedure

Nuclear medicine is a section of medicine and medical imaging used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. Compounds containing a tiny amount of radioactivity, called pharmaceuticals, are administered by injection, inhalation, or ingestion. Once in the body, radiopharmaceuticals accumulate in specific organs and disease processes and emit energy which is detected by special cameras. Images produced by these cameras are interpreted by nuclear medicine physicians.

Appointment Information

The patient will be contacted directly by the ordering physician's office, or a medical imaging booking clerk, with the necessary information. 

Exam Time

2-4 hours

*Please note that this exam time includes the time of injection, wait time, prior-to-scan and scan time. The patient may be permitted to leave after the injection and return prior to the scheduled exam time.

**Some nuclear medicine studies require multiple department visits for additional scanning.

The procedure is available in the following MI locations: