Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine at University Hospitals Department of Radiology uses radioactive materials to diagnose the presence of diseases in the body and to treat multiple types of cancers.

Using a non-invasive imaging modality, our team provides physiologic and metabolic information about organ systems and tumors. Patients are injected with a small amount of a radioactive compound. Imaging is performed after sufficient time has elapsed for the material to localize in the organ to be imaged.

Nuclear Medicine’s advanced imaging capabilities can identify changes in organ function. Treatments, and sometimes pain relief, are offered for conditions such as Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, cancer that has spread to the bone and refractory lymphomas.

The division possesses an abundant amount of expertise, with nuclear medicine physicians, physicists, and radiochemists. All University Hospitals Nuclear Medicine physicians are board-certified with clinical experience in areas, pertaining to nuclear medicine and including areas of cardiology and radiology.

Patient therapy is a substantial factor within nuclear medicine. PET and CTscans can also assist with radiation oncologists in planning treatment with external sources of radiation.

Memberships and Nuclear Medicine Education

The Nuclear Medicine staff is active in the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Radiological Society of North America, The Society for Molecular Imaging, The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and the American College of Radiology. Our staff shares a strong commitment to education, expressed through training of radiology medical students, residents and fellows. We offer extensive nuclear medicine training through our one-year Nuclear Medicine Fellowship program.