Nuclear Medicine

Sample Scan Image

Sample Scan Image

Nuclear medicine is a branch of radiology that uses small amounts of radioactive substances, called radionuclides or tracers, to image and examine a patient’s organs, trace processes in the body, or destroy diseased cells. The radionuclides are given either by mouth or into a vein. Imaging of the body or organ(s) of interest is then performed with specialized cameras.

Nuclear medicine procedures are performed by South Sound interventional radiologists at affiliated hospitals.  Our radiologists also interpret the following exams:

  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET/CT scans)
  • Bone Scans
  • Lung Ventilation/Perfusion Scans
  • Hepatobiliary Scans (with gallbladder ejection fraction, if needed)
  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Radionuclide Ventriculography (MUGA)
  • Bleeding Scans
  • Thyroid Scans (and uptake determinations)
  • Iodine-131 radiotherapy for thyroid disorders and malignancy
  • Renal Scans
  • Gastric Emptying Scans
  • Parathyroid Scans
  • White Blood Cell Scans
  • Liver-Spleen Scans
  • MIBG Scans

Nuclear medicine procedures are performed by South Sound Radiologists at affiliated hospitals. Patients will want to verify which hospital their referring clinician has referred them to as well as review any specific preparation required.