Nuclear Medicine

Scanning Your Body's Structure & Functions

When your doctor needs more information about an organ, tissue or tumor, you could meet our nuclear medicine team. Sanford Health provides a variety of nuclear medicine tests including bone scans, PET scans, gallium scans and MIBG scans.

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases. Nuclear medicine scans allow doctors to provide more accurate and detailed diagnoses and targeted treatments.

These types of scans are helpful for diagnosing:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Heart conditions
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia and brain disease

Nuclear medicine procedures are non-invasive, and except for IV injections, are usually painless. Doctors often combine nuclear medicine results with other test results to get a more accurate report of your condition.


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