Nuclear Medicine Imaging is a medical specialty that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of medical disorders. Nuclear medicine procedures, commonly called “scans” provide information about both the anatomy of the body and function of its organs as well as chemistry at the molecular level (Molecular Imaging). The nuclear medicine division at Jackson Memorial Hospital has 6 gamma cameras and a state of the art PET/CT System. Both diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures are offered. Our team has vast experience and a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of diagnostic imaging and therapeutic services. The department is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our Nuclear Medicine technologists maintain their professional certification through the Nuclear Medicine Certification Board or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Some of the clinical procedures provided in our Nuclear Medicine Division include:
- Cardiac Stress/Rest scans
- PET/CT scans
- Bone scans
- Liver /Spleen scans
- Lung scans
- GI scans
- Renal scans
- Brain scans
- White Blood Cell Scans
- Tumor Imaging scans
- Thyroid scans
- Lymphatic scans
- Hyperthyroidism Therapy
- Thyroid Carcinoma Therapy
- Bone Pain Therapy
Before Your Nuclear Medicine Scan
- For Cardiac Stress exams do not do not eat or drink after midnight prior to appointment. Take medications with water except for diabetic medication. Bring your diabetic medication with you.
- For PET/CT exams,do not eat or drink anything other than water after midnight prior to appointment and do not perform strenuous exercise 24 hours prior to the exam. Take medications with water except for diabetic medication.
- Bring previous CT, MRI and PET scan films if completed outside of a Jackson Health System facility.
- Please discuss the timing of your exam with your scheduler. You may need to return for multiple appointments for the entirety of the procedure. There may be a wait period on-site between procedures during your visit.
During Your Nuclear Medicine Scan
- You will first need to sign in at the registration desk.
- The technologist will introduce themselves and review any additional information that is needed.
- You may be receiving an IV injection or be asked to take a pill.
- The length of time depends on the type of test being performed, with various tests ranging from 20 minutes (thyroid scan) to four hours (stress test) in duration.
After Your Nuclear Medicine Scan
- You may resume normal activities after most Nuclear Medicine procedures.
- You will be given specific instructions to follow after certain therapy procedures.
- The results of your nuclear medicine scan will be made available to the prescribing physician.