Offered at both the Tampa and St. Petersburg Locations
Nuclear Medicine is the
practice of medicine/ radiology using small doses of radioactive
materials (radio pharmaceuticals) to image the body. Nuclear Medicine
provides mostly functional and metabolic information of the body
with limited anatomic information. The metabolic information obtained
is then used to make a proper diagnosis.
drugs given to patients migrate throughout the body and accumulate
in areas of abnormal tissue. Patients are then later scanned next
to a complex nuclear medicine camera, which is integrated with computers
to view any abnormalities. The amount of radiation in a typical
nuclear imaging procedure is comparable with routine diagnostic
x-ray procedures and is very safe. These studies have been performed
for decades without adverse consequences.