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Nuclear Medicine
Involves the use of radioactive materials or isotopes to obtain specific diagnostic information. These isotopes transmit a pattern of X-rays representing the organ size, shape and function. The rays are detected by a special camera that, when coupled with a computer, produces an image on a screen.

Nuclear medicine involves the use of radioactive materials or isotopes to obtain specific diagnostic information. These isotopes transmit a pattern of X-rays representing the organ size, shape and function. The rays are detected by a special camera that, when coupled with a computer, produces an image on a screen. The isotope is administered intravenously, orally or by inhalation. Nuclear medicine is also used for treatment of certain conditions such as an overactive thyroid gland.

Many patients are concerned about having radioactive materials injected into them. Rest assured that Kennedy, like other nuclear medicine facilities, follows safe practices and only injects a safe and carefully measured amount of radiation.

Preparing for this test: Each nuclear medicine exam has required preparations. Your physician will provide information on what preparation is needed for the test you are having done. Tests can take 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the type.