Nuclear Medicine Services

Nuclear Medicine Exam Options at Radiology Imaging Associates

  • Bone Scan
  • Gallium Whole Body Scan
  • Gastric Emptying
  • Hepatobiliary (HIDA) Scan - Gallbladder
  • Lung Scan
  • Meckel's Scan
  • Parathyroid Scan
  • Renal Scan
  • Thyroid Scan

Nuclear Medicine is a subspecialty in the field of radiology. Radiology Imaging Associates offers a full range of nuclear medicine services which are listed below. We have radiologists who are Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and have many years of training and experience reading these types of exams.

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What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective technique to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique, because it provides doctors with information about both structure and metabolic function. It is a way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease, long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

The nuclear medicine test is performed with the introduction very small amounts of radioactive material (radiopharmaceuticals) either by injection, oral ingestion or inhalation. The radiopharmaceuticals are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures about the area of the body being imaged. In treatment, the radiopharmaceuticals go directly to the organ being treated. The amount of radiation in a typical nuclear imaging exam is comparable with that received during a diagnostic x-ray.

These procedures are very safe and many require no special preparation by the patient.

Locations that offer nuclear medicine exams

Pembrooke - Waldorf, MD
Heritage - Clinton, MD
Patuxent - Prince Frederick, MD
Sterling, VA
Lansdowne, VA

For a broad range of information about Nuclear Medicine, please visit the RadiologyInfo website.

Important Note: A written referral order from your physician is absolutely required for the exam to be performed. Please bring the order from your doctor with you.

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