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Nuclear Medicine at LMC
Wide Range of Tests
Nuclear Medicine examinations performed at Lexington Medical Center use state-of-the-art equipment for a full array of nuclear medicine tests including nuclear cardiology, gall bladder evaluations, bone scans, H. Pylori tests, and radioiodine therapy, among others.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans
What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear Medicine images are developed when a gamma camera, a specialized camera encased in metal, takes pictures of energy released by a radioactive substance. A computer aids in creating the images from the data obtained by the camera or scanner, making it possible to study both anatomy as well as the functions of the body. This branch of Radiology is commonly used to study:
- Kidney function
- Blood flow to the heart
- Bone irregularities
- Thryoid function
What Should I Expect?
A very small amount of radiopharmaceutical is given intravenously or orally, and different materials are given depending on the area of focus. The imaging will be done either immediately, 2 to 4 hours later, days later or during a combination of several sessions.
When the exam has begun, you will be asked to remain as still as possible to ensure clear, detailed images. The radiopharmaceutical will pass either by urination or the natural loss of radioactivity. Each room has a pictorial “skylight” above the camera to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during this non-invasive and usually pain-free procedure.
How Do I Prepare for the Exam?
Different tests require different preparations. You may be asked to skip a meal if we are imaging your stomach or you may be asked to drink plenty of liquids. Please check with your physician’s office for the appropriate preparation for your test or call the Radiology department.
How Will My Physician Get My Results?
After your Nuclear Medicine test is complete, a Radiologist will study the exam by looking at the images on a computer using Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS). The Radiologist will issue a report and a copy of that report will be sent to your physician, who will then advise you of the results.