Nuclear medicine uses radioactive materials to help diagnose earlier and treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders more effectively. Nuclear medicine results are often combined with the results of other tests to help your doctor get a more accurate report of your condition.
Scans or images are obtained of various organs or parts of the body following the injection of a radioactive substance called a tracer. You will lie on a special table with the scanning camera above or below the area of interest.
A radiologist will read your scans and make a report to your doctor. Your doctor may call you or ask you to schedule an appointment to discuss your results.