Nuclear Medicine Services and Treatments
Nuclear Medicine is used for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and disorders. Montefiore's Division of Nuclear Medicine offers convenient access to the treatments patients need at four conveniently located, modern facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
We provide therapeutic services that use radiopharmaceuticals and work closely specialties, including Interventional Radiology, Oncology, Endocrinology, and Gastroenterology.
A vast range of nuclear medicine diagnostic services are available, including:
- Bone Densitometry Study
- Bone Scans
- Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine
- Liver Scan
- Lung Scan
- Nuclear Medicine Treatments
- Prostascint Imaging
- Renal Imaging
- Thyroid Scan
How is a Nuclear Medicine Exam Different from Other X-Ray Exams?
We're all familiar with an x-ray exam which can be used, for example, to see if there are any abnormalities in the structure of a gall bladder. A Nuclear medicine exam is different in that it would show if the gall bladder is functioning properly by watching it for a period of time to determine if it functions normally. Here's what you can expect:
- A highly trained, certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist performs the exam and a board-certified Nuclear Medicine physician interprets the images from your exam.
- A very small, safe amount of a radioactive substance called a tracer is given to diagnose and treat various conditions. Each tracer is designed to concentrate in certain organ(s) depending on the exam requested by the physician.
- A specialized camera (called a Gamma Camera) is designed to pick up very small amounts of the tracer. The results reveal how an organ is functioning.
- Patients that are pregnant or breast-feeding work with their doctor and the Nuclear Medicine staff to ensure that certain precautions are taken.
Nuclear Medicine exams are safe and serious side effects are extremely rare. Radiation exposure for nuclear medicine imaging is about the same—if not less—than you would experience during a routine X-ray.
Other diagnostic services are available as well, including:
- Stomach, G.I. Bleed, Meckels Scan
- Abscess localization – Gallium Scan
- Adrenal Scan
- Blood Volume/Red Cell Mass
- Brain Scan
- Cerebral Spinal Fluid Shunt Evaluation
- Cystography - Residual Urine Detection
- Cystography - Reflux Study
- Esophogeal Transit Time
- Gastric Emptying Time
- Gastric Reflux Scan
- GFR/Residual Urine
- Indium-111 Abscess White Blood Cell Labeled Scan
- MIBG Scan
- Parathyroid Scan
- Polycythemia Vera Scan
- Radionuclide Angiography
- Radionuclide Lymphangiography
- Regional Blood Flow Scan
- Salivary Gland Scan
- Scrotal Scan
- Thrombus Detection Scan
- Tumor Localization – Oncoscint Scan