Diagnosing and treating illness
Nuclear medicine combines very small amounts of short-lived radioactive materials (radiotracers) with precise imaging scans to diagnose, manage, and treat disease.
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By using radiotracers to image certain organs, such as the heart, brain, kidneys, liver, thyroid, and lungs, nuclear medicine specialists can safely, effectively, and painlessly determine if these organs are functioning properly.
These commonly performed biological imaging procedures are an integral part of patient care at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco New York, providing early detection of abnormalities often before they become apparent with other diagnostic tests. Without these procedures, this information would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more invasive diagnostic tests.
How are Nuclear Medicine Tests Performed?
Radiotracers enter the body through injection, swallowing, or inhalation. The radiotracers are detected by special cameras that work with computers to provide precise pictures of a specific area or organ in the body. Unlike MRI and CT scans that give only structural information, nuclear medicine tests provide information about the functional status and viability of different organs and tissues.
Imaging of the area or organ is performed immediately, hours or days after administration of the tracer, depending on the type of test. The duration of imaging itself ranges from 15 to 60 minutes. Most tests require the patient to lie down on a bed, while others require the patient to sit.