What Is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear medicine studies are a type of imaging technique that uses very small amounts of radiation (radiopharmaceuticals) to detect and treat a variety of medical conditions. In diagnostic imaging, radiopharmaceuticals are visualized with special types of cameras that can provide highly detailed pictures of the body. In treatment, radiopharmaceuticals travel to a specific organ and can measure the effectiveness of treatment plans.
What Are The Benefits Of Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear medicine is beneficial because the technique can be used to help diagnose and manage medical conditions. Nuclear medicine studies differ from other imaging studies such as X-rays and ultrasounds because it identifies biological changes rather than changes in anatomy appearance. The information gathered during these studies can provide a way for patients to uncover more about their health without having invasive procedures or multiple diagnostic imaging tests.
How Do I Prepare For A Nuclear Medicine Study?
Nuclear medicine studies are minimally invasive and require very little special preparation. You will need to avoid drinking or eating for at least six hours prior to your appointment. Avoid using any caffeine or nicotine products during this period as the results could be influenced negatively. Your physician will inform you prior to your appointment if there are any medications or supplements that need to be avoided.