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Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Services

NCH Diagnostic Imaging tests include:

(click on procedure name for more details):

* The ultrasound-guided liver biopsy video was produced by freehivinfo. The ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsy video was produced by SouthSound Radiology. Northwest Community Healthcare does not have affiliations with these organizations.

Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine involves the use of radioactive materials to help determine the cause of a medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue, or bone. A variety of radioactive materials or “tracers” are used to help diagnose and treat diseases. While conventional radiography involves the use of an external form of radiation, nuclear medicine measures radiation emitting from the body following administration of the radioactive tracer. A special camera is used to detect the radiation and then create and image for the radiologist.

How it is performed

Images are produced by X-ray emissions from radioactive substances given to the patient, either intravenously or by mouth. During the exam, the patient will be positioned on a special table with a camera is placed over the body. Sometimes the camera will rotate around the patient and sometimes it will be placed in a fixed position.

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Last Updated 2012/05/29