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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a part of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

In rare cases where certain types of cancer do not respond to chemotherapy alone, physicians may use a combination of chemotherapy and internal radiation therapy. The delivery of the chemical and radioactive agents to the tumor is guided by nuclear medicine imaging.

The patient is injected with a low dose of radioactive material that has been chemically tagged to collect in a particular organ. A special camera that detects gamma rays provides images to confirm that the radioactive material is going to the target site. Then a higher energy radioactive material combined with a powerful chemotherapy drug is injected to attack the cancer.

To schedule an appointment call (866) 415-2778 toll free. Please review the patient information on the procedure you are scheduled to have before your appointment:

 
 
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