Nuclear Medicine is a branch of radiology that uses radioactive materials to determine if certain organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver, thyroid, brain and lungs are working properly. It is also used to examine the bones for cancer, infection or trauma. The Nuclear Medicine Technologist injects radioactive materials into the body using a pharmaceutical tracer attached to the isotope that goes to a particular organ or skeletal system. A very sensitive detector is then placed outside the body to detect the amount of radiation being omitted from the organ. Data is sent to an attached computer analyzing the information to generate the digital images.
The Diagnostic Imaging department provides a wide range of nuclear procedures such as bone scans, nuclear stress tests, heart evaluations, liver scans, gallbladder studies, renal scans and thyroid scans. Nuclear Medicine procedures are extremely safe and allow for faster diagnostic accuracy. The amount of radioactive isotope used is very small and is eliminated from the body very quickly.
All exams must be scheduled through the Diagnostic Imaging Department by calling (574) 224-1151 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All Nuclear Medicine examinations require an appointment and a written order from a physician.