Nuclear medicine is a non-invasive way for doctors to scan bones for cancer, blood clots, and other conditions. Nuclear medicine procedures provide information about both the anatomy of the body and the function of its organs.
A chemical compound with a small amount of radioactive substance is administered either by injection into the vein, by mouth through a breathing device or by some other method to place it in the body. After waiting a certain amount of time the body is placed near a camera and different images will be taken. These images may be seen immediately on a TV monitor and will be preserved on the PACS system for later study. The results can then be compared with the results of other tests, such as routine X-rays, to reach a complete understanding of the medical problem.
If cancellation occurs, a 24-hour notice should be given as the radioisotopes for these procedures are expensive and can only be used on the day they are ordered.
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