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Nuclear Medicine

Advanced Diagnostics and Therapies with Nuclear Medicine

The UH Department of Nuclear Medicine offers a wide variety of radionuclide exams and therapies to examine, diagnose and treat organ function and structure through the use of various radioactive substances (radioisotopes). The department is equipped with the most advanced equipment and technology, including digital SPECT, SPECT/CT, and PET/CT scans, enabling us to expertly perform a full spectrum of nuclear medicine exams.

If your doctor has ordered a nuclear medicine procedure for you, trust UH to provide the most advanced care available. Schedule your appointment today at a UH location near you.

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Nuclear Medicine as a Diagnostic Tool

There are more than 40 nuclear medicine exams that may be used to help diagnose a variety of medical conditions and diseases. Some of the more common tests include the following:

Understanding CT, SPECT and PET Scans

Positron Emission Tomography (PET). A nuclear medicine imaging procedure that can help detect biochemical or metabolic changes that may signal the onset of a disease process before anatomical changes can be seen on X-ray, CT or MRI scans. PET is most often used in patients with brain or heart conditions or with cancer.

Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT). A nuclear medicine imaging procedure that uses radioactive tracers and both computed tomography (CT) and gamma camera technology to generate 3-D images of the area being studied. SPECT is most commonly used to help diagnose or monitor brain, heart and bone disorders.

Nuclear Medicine as a Treatment Option

In addition to its use as a diagnostic tool, nuclear medicine also has a wide range of therapeutic applications. Treatment, and sometimes pain relief, are offered for conditions such as: