Nuclear Medicine

NuHealth’s Nuclear Medicine Suite at Nassau University Medical Center is staffed by experienced radiologists with subspecialties in nuclear medicine. Using radioactive isotopes, also known as radionuclides, our radiologists and technologists obtain vital information about the function of specific organs. In this manner, we can determine the existence and extent of disease processes based on changes in cellular function — in some instances before the emergence of physical symptoms. Procedures we perform include:

  • Bone Scan
  • Gallium Scan
  • Lung Scan
  • Hepatobiliary Scan
  • Renal Scan
  • SPECT (Single Photo Emission Computerized Tomography)
  • Thyroid Scan and Radioiodine Therapy

The Nuclear Medicine Suite houses two gamma cameras to measure radioactive decay, as well as a state-of-the-art art SPECT/CT (single photon emission computed tomography) system that creates a three-dimensional image of radionuclide distribution. These and other technologies are used to conduct a wide variety of studies and procedures at Nassau University Medical Center, and our nuclear medicine specialists play a vital role in both the detection and treatment of cancer and many other disease processes.

Although it may sound dangerous to introduce radioactive isotopes into the body, NuHealth’s specialists in nuclear medicine use safe, precise doses of specific radionuclides bonded with pharmaceutical compounds that direct the radioactive material to targeted organs or cellular receptors. Administered orally or intravenously, they not only enable highly sophisticated scans, but can be used to deliver short-range ionizing radiation to destroy abnormal tissue masses.

To schedule an examination at NuHealth’s Nuclear Medicine Suite at Nassau University Medical Center, call (516) 572-6635