Nuclear medicine studies show the structure of an organ and whether it is functioning properly. These studies help in the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of numerous medical conditions. A small amount of a radioactive material (known as a tracer) is introduced into the body by injection, swallowing or inhalation. Different tracers are used to study different parts of the body. A special camera is used to produce pictures of the body, called a scan.
Sarasota Memorial's Nuclear Medicine Laboratories are accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). We offer a full range of tests, including:
- Biliary scan (HIDA) to evaluate abnormalities involving the gallbladder.
- Bone scan to evaluate abnormalities involving bones and joints.
- Brain scan to detect altered blood flow in the brain and diagnose disease.
- Gastric emptying scan - 4 hour (GES) to see how your stomach empties and diagnose diseases that change the way the stomach contracts (motility disorders).
- Labeled RBC GI bleed scan to localize the source of acute gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.
- Labeled WBC scan to assess infectious processes in your body.
- Liver spleen scan to show how the liver and spleen are functioning.
- Lung scan (V/Q) to evaluate regional ventilation airflow and regional blood flow to the lungs.
- Adreview scan (MIBG) to detect and determine the possible spread of neuroendocrine tumors.
- Myocardial perfusion scan (MIBI) to study the structure and function of the heart.
- Gated blood pool scan (MUGA) to assess left ventricular function by providing ejection fraction and wall motion.
- Octreoscan to detect and monitor treatment of neuroendocrine tumors.
- Parathyroid scan to diagnose and localize parathyroid adenoma.
- Prostascint scan to evaluate patients with biopsy-proven prostate cancer to determine the extent of the disease.
- Renal (kidney) scan to to study the scructure and function of the kidneys.
- Thyroid scan to to study the structure and function of the thyroid gland.
- Total body iodine scan to evaluate patients with thyroid cancer for residual thyroid tissue.