vRad’s nuclear medicine radiologists, also called nuclear radiologists, use radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat disease.
They employ such techniques as scintigraphy, which uses radiopharmaceuticals to produce images of the body’s organs or to visualize certain diseases. These radioactive materials are typically injected into a patient’s vein, but may also be inhaled or swallowed by the patient.
Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that can be extremely helpful in making a diagnosis, and in some cases nuclear medicine is a treatment technique. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray, ultrasound or any other imaging exam in that those exams determine the presence of disease based on structural appearance, rather than functional information.
Nuclear medicine helps doctors to determine the causes of a medical problem based on functional information about tissues organs or bones (via for example a nuclear medicine bone scan). vRad’s nuclear radiologists provide expert diagnosis and treatment including:
vRad’s Nuclear Imaging team is lead by vRad Clinical Chief Donald Bitto, MD.
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