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Nuclear Medicine

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.

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Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota Campus
1700 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239

Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Clark Road
5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238

Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice Campus
2600 Laurel Road E., North Venice, FL 34275

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.