Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging subspecialists identify and treat diseases in their earliest stages through the use of small amounts of radioactive material, which is either injected, swallowed, or inhaled. Specialized equipment produces a digitized image of the body’s tissue and organ function, allowing radiologists to view the body at a cellular level and identify many diseases not detectable by other means.
These imaging techniques are commonly used to evaluate the gallbladder, liver, thyroid, lungs, and heart without surgery. They also facilitate the early diagnosis of numerous diseases including cancer, often before symptoms appear, and can assess the effectiveness of ongoing cancer therapy.
Nuclear medicine therapy allows radioactivity to be targeted directly to diseased cells, sparing healthy tissue. Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging physicians work with surgeons, oncologists, family practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.
Additional Diagnostic Areas of Specialization
- Breast Imaging
- Body Imaging
- General Imaging
- Cardiac Imaging
- Musculoskeletal (MSK) Imaging
- Neurological Imaging
- Nuclear Medicine Imaging
- Pediatric Imaging