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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine uses the administration of radioactive substances (radiopharmaceuticals or "tracers") to image the internal organs.

These medicines are either given through the blood stream or by mouth, depending on what organ system is being pictured.

Pictures are taken of the distribution of the tracer over time to determine the physiology of a particular organ system.

The images produced by nuclear medicine scans are able to show the organ while it is functioning and to quantitatively measure how well the organ is performing. Our tracers have no side effects and only expose patients to very low levels of radiation.

Common Nuclear Medicine Procedures

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