Nuclear Medicine

Specialized internal imaging

Nuclear Medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital   

Nuclear medicine is a specialized form of diagnostic imaging. It involves the use of radioactive material, or radiotracers, to examine how your organs look and work. At Mount Auburn Hospital, we’re experts at using nuclear medicine to diagnosis various health problems. 

Nuclear medicine is different from other forms of imaging, such as X-ray or ultrasound. X-ray and ultrasound look at changes in the structure of your body. Nuclear medicine, on the other hand, can detect changes in how your body is functioning. 

How Nuclear Medicine Works 

A nuclear medicine scan involves ingesting or being given an injection of a radiotracer. This small amount of radiation is absorbed by certain areas of the body. Once absorbed, our team uses specialized gamma cameras that detect radiation. These cameras can detect areas where you may be experiencing problems, such as problems with blood flow.

Maintaining Safety and Quality 

Nuclear medicine scans are some of the safest types of imaging scan. Our staff works closely to monitor how radiation is used. We are trained to make sure that radiation is used safely and does not cause problems. Our team also monitors radiation safety for the entire hospital.

Imaging to Meet Your Needs 

At Mount Auburn Hospital, you have access to a range of nuclear imaging options to meet your needs. We provide the following types of nuclear imaging scans: 

  • Brain imaging 
  • Bone scans 
  • Cancer imaging 
  • Gastrointestinal imaging 
  • Heart imaging
  • Lung imaging 
  • Kidney and liver imaging 
  • Parathyroid imaging  

Conditions We Treat

Your doctor may recommend a nuclear medicine scan for a variety of reasons. We use nuclear medicine to diagnosis some of the following conditions:
  • Blood flow problems
  • Cancer and tumors
  • Dementia
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Thyroid problems