St. Francis offers a full range of nuclear medicine studies, including scans of most organs, bones, tumors and thyroid. The nuclear medicine staff is highly trained, licensed and certified in nuclear medicine.
Starting in May 2008, patients can choose from two outpatient locations to complete their nuclear medicine studies.
Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, finding tumors, infections and more. Nuclear medicine can evaluate the function of specific organs, including the gallbladder, kidneys and heart.
While nuclear medicine requires radioactive substances to be intravenously or orally administered to the patient, the exposure to radiation is similar to tests involving an X-ray. These tests are very helpful in helping physicians diagnose conditions and are much less invasive than an exploratory surgery.