Nuclear Medicine procedures provide information about the anatomy of the body and the function of its organs. When you undergo a nuclear medicine scan, a chemical compound, which contains a small amount of a radioactive material, is administered by an injection in the arm.
After the administration of the compound, the nuclear medicine scans can be performed either immediately, or after a circulation period. The circulation time varies depending on the area being studied.
A special detector, called a gamma camera, is used to image the body part being studied. The camera does not produce radiation, it simply detects the radioactive compound that was injected. This is collected by a computer and a digital image is produced that can be manipulated and stored onto film. Our Nuclear Medicine Technologists are registered and must maintain their registry through continuing education.