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Nuclear Medicine

Diagnosing & treating conditions with radioactive substances

Nuclear medicine refers to the use of radioactive isotope to diagnose and treat medical conditions. A nuclear isotope is introduced into a patient – by mouth or by injection – and acts as a “tracer” that helps produce imaging. Doctors are able to study these images and observe the functionality of an organ or system.

Only a trace amount of radioactive material must be ingested or injected into a patient in order to successfully explore the body part or organ being studied. Quite often, nuclear medicine exams are performed in conjunction with MRIs, X-rays, and CT scans to get a larger and more detailed picture of a patient’s condition.

West Jefferson Medical Center offers a complete range of nuclear medicine exams, including:

  • Cardiac stress testing
  • Sentinel lymph node injections
  • Gastric emptying studies
  • Bone scans
  • Thyroid uptake/scans
  • Biliary patency studies

We also offer brain SPECT imaging – the best imaging exam to differentiate between traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress syndrome – as well as Y-90 radioembolization treatment for inoperable malignant liver tumors.

All West Jefferson Medical Center Nuclear Medicine Technologists are licensed and certified.

Visit our nuclear medicine department for:

  • 24/7 exam availability
  • Regular department hours: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Call coverage on weeknights: 4:30 PM - 8 AM
  • Weekend call coverage from Friday at 4:30 PM until Monday at 8:00 AM