Nuclear medicine specialists use safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. It provides doctors with information about both structure and function. Nuclear Medicine procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of disease – long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. The amount of radiation in a typical nuclear imaging procedure is comparable with that received during a diagnostic x-ray, and the amount received in a typical treatment procedure is kept within safe limits.