Nuclear medicine uses specialized imaging techniques to detect, monitor and treat a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease and neurologic disorders. It combines the use of tracers (radioactive substances) and special cameras to to take pictures of things like your bones, organs and blood vessels. Rather than showing just the structure, like other imaging scans, nuclear scans show how your organs and vessels are functioning.
Common nuclear medicine tests include:
- Bone scan
- Gastric emptying scan
- Hepatobiliary (liver, gallbladder, bile ducts) scan
- Thyroid scan