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Westcoast Radiology provides a full array of studies, including Bone, Hepatabiliary, Renal and Cardiac stress tests and Brain SPECT imaging. Our nuclear medicine specialists are experienced Radiologists that can correlate and interpret nuclear medicine studies with other imaging modalities if needed to present a complete diagnosis of the problem.
Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of radiology that involves using very small amounts of radioactive substances to produce two or three dimensional imaging of body imaging and function. A variety of procedures are available that offer a unique ability to identify the presence of diseased or injured tissue. Based on the body area of interest, a nuclear medicine procedure is performed with the introduction of a specific type of radioactive “isotope” either by injection or oral ingestion followed by imaging of the area of the body where this isotope collects.
ALL OUR NUCLEAR MEDICINE STUDIES ARE PERFORMED AT OUR CLEARWATER LOCATION.
Exams offered include whole body, 3 phase, and SPECT Bone scans, Hepatobiliary, Brain spects, Cardiac rest/stress and resting MUGA, Gastric Emptying, Renal & Thyroid scans.
Usually, no special preparation is needed. However, if the exam is done to evaluate the stomach (Gastric scan) or heart (cardiac scan) or Hepatobiliary (HIDA scan), you will need to refrain from eating after midnight or at least 6 hrs prior to exam with no caffeine intake. If the exam is done to evaluate the kidneys, you will need to drink 3-4 glasses of water before the test. For Liver and Spleen scans do not have any barium exams 48hrs prior to exam.
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