Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
The Department of Nuclear Medicine provides a variety of tests using radioactive materials (radiotracers) for the diagnosis of different human diseases. Treatment of specific diseases, such as hyperthyroidism and cancer, is also performed using radioactive isotopes. Studies are performed by licensed nuclear medicine technologists and interpreted by 2 board-certified Nuclear Medicine physicians. In addition to training in Nuclear Medicine, the physicians in our department have varying backgrounds in other medical specialties including Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Radiology. The department is supported by physicists and has a full service nuclear pharmacy.
Nuclear medicine tests are used to detect heart diseases, tumors of various organs, infections, neurological abnormalities, bone diseases, lung diseases, and thyroid abnormalities. The nuclear medicine department has five nuclear medicine gamma cameras including one SPECT/CT camera. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in combination with Computed Tomography (CT) is routinely performed and offers a very powerful and more accurate way of identifying many diseases, especially different types of cancer.