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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Nuclear medicine imaging

We use nuclear medicine imaging to diagnose and treat certain cancers, such as brain, breast, kidney, bladder, thyroid, liver, lung and bone cancers.

How it works

Nuclear medicine is a branch of radiology that involves administering small amounts of radioactive material (called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers) to a patient by injection, inhalation or pill. The radiopharmaceutical eventually accumulates in a particular organ or area of the body, where it gives off energy in the form of gamma rays.

The energy is detected by a special camera, which produces a series of images on a computer screen or film. This provides us with details about the structure and function of an organ, tissue or bone in the body. This test also allows us to identify abnormalities early in the progression of a disease.

Some types of nuclear medicine tests we offer include:

  • Bone scan
  • HIDA scan
  • Lung scan
  • Multiple-Gated Acquisition (MUGA) scan
  • Prostascint® scan
  • Renal scan
  • Sentinel node scan
  • TheraSphere® Mapping
  • Thyroid scan
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