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Nuclear Imaging:

A form of medical imaging that uses nuclear isotopes known as Radionuclides. The goal of this exam is to get information about the patients’ body that will be useful in diagnosis, therapy and monitoring of disease.

It is focused on organ and tissue functions unlike other conventional imaging tools like CT Scan and MRI that are focused on anatomical sections.

The scans are performed to examine the functions of the heart, lungs, gall bladder, bones, thyroid, brain, lymph nodes and more; it can also pinpoint infections, tumors, aneurysms, inadequate blood flow, blood cell disorders and identify cancer stage.


Services

  • Bone Scintigraphy
  • Gallium 67 whole body scan
  • Gastric Emptying Time
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Scintigraphy
  • I. Bleeding scan
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Hepatobiliary Scintigraphy
  • Liver / Spleen Scintigraphy
  • Lung Perfusion / Inhalation scan
  • MIBG (I-131) Tumor Localization for Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Parathyroid Scintigraphy
  • Renal scan (DTPA)
  • Renal Transplant Evaluation
  • Scintimammography
  • Testicular / Scrotal Scintigraphy
  • Thyroid metastasis whole body I-131
  • Thyroid scan w/ 2 and 24 hours I-131 uptake
  • Tumor Localization

Nuclear Medicine Therapy

Radation-filled drug is safely administered through oral or intravenous route to target cells in organs.

  • Radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancen
  • Radioactive palliation of metastatic bone pains
  • Radiosynovectomy for joint pain due to osteoarthritis

 

Radioimmunoassay

Is a precise diagnostic tool that measures concentration of antigen such as hormone in blood.

  • Thyroid function tests (Total T3, Total T4, Free T3, Free T4 (RIA), TSH (IRMA)
  • Adrenal function test
  • Reproductive hormones
  • Tumor markers

 

Nuclear Cardiology

Is useful in diagnosing and assessing coronary artery disease. It is used to evaluate cardiomyopathy and identify possible damage to the heart from chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

  • Myocardial Perfusion (MPI)
  • Multigated cardiac blood pool studies
  • First pass RNA (Radionuclide Angiography)

 

What are the benefits of nuclear medicine?

It enables doctors to produce a quick, accurate diagnosis of a wide range of conditions and diseases in a person of any age. This allows the appropriate treatment to begin as early as possible, which means it has a far greater chance of being fully effective. In addition, the tests are painless and most scans expose patients to only minimal amounts of radiation.

Its safety?

Nuclear medicine is extremely safe, because the radioactive tracers or radiopharmaceuticals used are quickly eliminated from the body through its natural functions. In addition, the tracers used rapidly lose their radioactivity. In most cases, the dose of radiation necessary for a scan is very small.