How Nuclear Medicine Works

Nuclear medicine is known as a branch of noninvasive medical imaging that utilizes small amounts of radioactive material in order to diagnose and determine the severity of diseases, and how to treat them. These diseases include several types of cancers, endocrine, gastrointestinal, heart disease, neurological disorders and other bodily abnormalities.Nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body and are able to identify diseases in its earliest stages as well as a patient’s immediate response to therapeutic interventions. Nuclear medicine can also be used in therapeutic procedures that treat cancer and other issues such as thyroid.Nuclear medicine tests are usually painless, outside of the exception of intravenous injections, and help physicians diagnose and evaluate medical conditions via imaging scans known as radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers. Radiotracers are either injected into the body, inhaled as a gas, or swallowed, eventually accumulating in the affected organs. Once settled, these radiotracers emit emissions that are detected by a specialized imaging device that creates pictures and provides molecular information. Nuclear medicine images can also be created with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce special imaging that allows the information to be correlated and interpreted on one image for more precise information and accurate diagnoses.To schedule an appointment with our Las Vegas radiology professionals, give our offices a call at (702) 732-6000 or visit our site at - We at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging look forward to ensuring that when it comes to Las Vegas medical care, the choice is "ONLY SDMI."

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