The images produced by Nuclear Medicine exams are the
result of the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance which is
administered to the patient either orally or intravenously. Nuclear
Medicine studies provide functional information that is unique from all other
diagnostic modalities and unattainable from other imaging procedures.
These studies are often invaluable in assessing organ function which can then
lead to the diagnosis of tumors, infection or other disorders.
A patient undergoing a nuclear medicine study is given a small dose of
radioactive material which eventually collects in the organ to be studied and
gives off energy as gamma rays. The gamma camera detects these rays and
with the help of a computer, produces images and measurements of organs and
Nuclear medicine studies may be ordered to:
- Analyze kidney function
- Scan lungs for respiratory and blood flow problems
- Identify blockages of the gallbladder
- Evaluate bones for infection, arthritis or a tumor
- Determine the presence or spread of cancer
- Identify bleeding in the bowel
- Located the presence of an infection
- Measure thyroid function
Scheduling a Nuclear Medicine Study at Delnor
To schedule a nuclear medicine study, call Central Scheduling at
A physician order is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t this test be done today?
Most radiopharmaceuticals can not be stored in the hospital. They are
ordered from the vendor and it may take a few days for them to arrive.
How much radiation am I exposed to?
Tiny quantities are used for diagnostic purposes. The drugs lose most
of their radioactivity within hours to days, and are quickly eliminated from the