Nuclear Medicine
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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine includes diagnostic examinations that result in images of body anatomy and function. These images result from detection of energy emitted from harmless radioactive substances given to the patient, either intravenously or by mouth. Nuclear medicine images assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, tumors and infections. Specifically, nuclear medicine can be used to analyze kidney function; show blood flow and functions of the heart; scan lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems; identify blockage of the gallbladder; evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor; determine the presence or spread of cancer; identify bleeding into the bowel; locate the presence of infection; and measure thyroid function to detect an overactive or underactive thyroid gland.

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