Orange Regional Medical Center
707 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Nuclear Medicine scans are performed with a small amount of radioactive isotope injected intravenously into a vein in your arm. The isotope is specially "tagged" and will travel to the structure being studied. You will be placed under a gamma camera, which is an instrument like a Geiger counter. The gamma camera detects the small amount of radiation being emitted from the organ, changes it to light, and prints a picture of the distribution of the radioactive isotope. The scans are painless and no side effects usually occur. The radiation exposure is minimal with a nuclear medicine scan. It is used to detect disease processes and abnormalities of organ blood flow or skeletal structures not always seen on other diagnostic tests. Individuals performing the study are known as Nuclear Medicine Technologist. They are licensed and highly skilled, and work under the supervision of a Board-certified radiologist.
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