About Nuclear Medicine/PET
Nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) are specialized imaging techniques that utilize a safe radioactive substance called a radiotracer to visualize the body's internal anatomy and function. The radiotracer is given to the patient either orally (inhaled) or intravenously and travels through the body to the area being examined, giving off energy in the form of gamma rays that are detected by a special camera. A computer then creates images of the inside of the body.
Nuclear medicine and PET technology are commonly used in the following imaging studies:
Gallium Whole Body Scan
Stress Gated Heart Scan
Thallium Cardiac Scan
You have questions. We have answers.
Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked by patients. Please contact our ARA Cares Coordinator at (828) 436-5500 with any additional questions or concerns.