Nuclear Medicine is an area of radiology which uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (also called radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. These radiopharmaceuticals are then detected by a special type of camera and a computer to provide very precise information about the area of the body being imaged. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique because it provides doctors with information about both structure and function. It can provide information that might otherwise be unavailable without surgery. Nuclear medicine procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease – long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests. In treatment, the radiopharmaceuticals go directly to the organ being treated. The amount of radiation in a typical nuclear imaging procedure is comparable with that received during a diagnostic x-ray, and the amount received in a typical treatment procedure is kept within safe limits.
Nuclear medicine can be useful for the diagnosis and treatment of disease in many organ systems from the heart to the gallbladder, bones, thyroid gland and many other areas and systems.
In addition to other technology, Chattanooga Imaging is proud to offer the latest hybrid technology in nuclear medicine. This includes the introduction of the GE Infinia Hawkeye, which can perform SPECT/CT. This system enables a confident diagnosis by providing functional and anatomical information in a single image with a single exam. It is ideal for disease monitoring, treatment monitoring and pre-surgery planning. Please let our schedulers know if you require this service.