Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine organ function and structure. Nuclear medicine imaging is a combination of many different disciplines, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology and medicine. This branch of radiology is often used to help diagnose, manage and treat abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease.

Diagnostic tools

Conditions Diagnosed with Nuclear Medicine:

  • Many types of cancer including breast, lung, colorectal 
  • Cardiac conditions or chest pain
  • Gastric emptying, hepatobiliary
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Stress fractures

Nuclear medicine services

Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital offers the following nuclear medicine services:

  • Molecular breast imaging
  • Cardiac stress tests and imaging
  • Digestive scans and imaging
  • Lymphatic mapping
  • Renal scans
  • Pulmonary/respiratory imaging
  • Therapy treatments
  • Thyroid scans and imaging
  • Tumor/Infection imaging
  • Whole body bone imaging