Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty within the field of radiology. It comprises diagnostic examinations that result in images of anatomy and function.
Nuclear Medicine involves the intravenous injection or oral administration of a radioactive substance (radiopharmaceutical) which is attracted to specific organs, bones or tissues.
A Nuclear Medicine Technologist uses a special type of camera that detects the energy emitted from the radiopharmaceuticals and generates precise pictures about the area of your body being studied.
The amount of radiopharmaceuticals used for your exam will be carefully determined to provide the least amount of radiation exposure. Generally, radiation to the patient is similar to that of standard x-ray examinations.