What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine provides physicians with information about the function of the inner workings of the body, and is used to diagnose and treat disease. It uses a small amount of radioactive substance called a tracer and a special camera to track its progression once it is injected. Diseased tissues take up tracers differently than healthy tissues. Those differences 'light up' during exams.
Nuclear scans detect early 'functional' signs when an internal organ or tissue is not working correctly. Most radiology exams confirm anatomic or structural changes, like a bone fracture. A PET or other nuclear scans can detect abnormal change at a cellular or molecular level. We were instrumental in the development of PET imaging and have a legacy of imaging expertise. Nuclear imaging is safe and provides a wealth of information. It may help to avoid exploratory surgery.