Marshall Diagnostic Imaging
Nuclear medicine relies on using a safe dose of a radioactive substance
being administered to the patient, either through a vein, by mouth, or
breathing into the lungs. The radiation is similar to a standard X-ray.
These compounds, known as radioisotopes, accumulate in the region to be
studied and enable a special camera called a gamma camera to view them.
This helps evaluate functional abnormalities in:
- The endocrine system
What to Expect
The timing of the exam following delivery of the radioactive substance
will depend on the type of exam being formed. Imaging might need to place
immediately following the dose, a few hours or even a few days later.
You can generally expect the imaging itself to take between 20 and 45
minutes. You will lie under a gamma camera. This camera doesn't emit
radiation itself but detects the radioisotopes that were administered.
It's important to remain still during the exam. Multiple images taken
over time may be needed.
The radioactive substance will naturally leave your body as it decays.
Preparation for Nuclear Medicine studies varies, and you will be notified
in advance regarding what you need to do prior to your exam.
For more information about Nuclear Medicine, please contact our
Cameron Park location.