Nuclear medicine is a safe and painless imaging technology that uses small amounts of specially-formulated radioactive materials (tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Nuclear medicine provides physicians with information about medical problems based on how parts of the body function, whereas x-ray scans reveal a body's appearance or structure.
Common nuclear medicine applications include: Diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions, bone scans for detection of cancer
, infection or subtle bone injuries, lung scans for blood flow to the lungs and air exchange and liver and gall bladder scans.
The Department of Nuclear Medicine is a full-service nuclear medicine department which performs both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.