Mission Regional Medical Center is committed to providing state of the
art technology and modern medical advancements to our patients. Nuclear
medicine is a modern procedure that is essential in many medical specialties,
from pediatrics to cardiology to psychiatry.
Nuclear medicine safely uses painless and cost-effective techniques to
image the body and diagnose disease. Unlike other imaging methods, nuclear
medicine imaging is unique because it provides your doctor with information
about both function and structure. Nuclear medicine gathers medical information
that would possibly require surgery, necessitate more expensive diagnostic
tests or even be completely unavailable. This particular type of imaging
procedure often identifies abnormalities very early in the progress of
a disease, often much sooner than with other diagnostic tests.
Nuclear medicine uses a small amount of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals)
to diagnose and treat various diseases. The radiopharmaceuticals are detected
in imaging by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide
very precise images about the area of the body being examined. During
treatment, the radiopharmaceuticals go directly to the organ being targeted.
The amount of radiation in a typical nuclear imaging procedure is comparable
with that received during a standard diagnostic x-ray. The amount received
in a typical treatment procedure is always kept within safe limits.
New and innovative nuclear medicine treatments that target and pinpoint
molecular levels within the body are revolutionizing our understanding
of and approach to a range of diseases and conditions.