Nuclear Medicine Scan

Nuclear medicine scans in St. Louis


Nuclear medicine exams assess the function of organs by using small amounts of radioactive material (radiopharmaceuticals) and a special camera to create images. The radiopharmaceutical is either taken by mouth or injected into the vein and are attracted to specific organs, bone or tissues. These areas of the body then emit gamma rays that are detected by the camera. Because nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, they offer the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages, as well as, a patient's immediate response to therapeutic interventions. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are non-invasive. Radioactive emissions from the radiopharmaceutical are detected by a special camera or imaging device that produces pictures and provides molecular infomraiton for interpretation by a nuclear medicine radiologist.

Imaging Areas

arms and legs, blood, blood vessels, bone, brain, breast, lungs, children, abdomen, gall bladder, head, neck and thyroid, heart, hormone, kidney, pelvis, liver, muscles and tendons, pancreas, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovary

Typical Preparations

Follow the specific instruction given to you for your particular nuclear medicine scan. Pay attention to instructions regarding eating and drinking before your scan. Some studies require that you do not eat or drink prior to your scan. Wear comfortable-fitting clothes and, if possible, avoid wearing anything containing metal. Take your medication as usual with water. Contraindications Please let us know if you are: • Diabetic • Pregnant or think you might be, or a nursing mother. • Claustrophobic

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