The Nuclear Medicine Department of Southeastern Med offers diagnostic testing for a variety of medical conditions. Nuclear medicine utilizes small radioactive agents to examine the body. It's a safe and effective way to detect a wide range of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infections.
We've recently purchased two Gamma cameras that work with our new systems to reduce the time it takes for many procedures. Our board-certified nuclear medicine technologists are registered and trained to ensure that our equipment is used to its full potential, and the appropriate quality control parameters are followed. The exams are supervised and interpreted by board-certified radiologists.
Before your test, speak with your doctor about what to expect and discuss restrictions regarding eating, drinking, smoking, caffeine consumption and taking medications. Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or nursing.
To make the most of your time, we ask that you arrive 30 minutes before your appointment so you can register. One of our nuclear medicine technologists will escort you into the testing area where you’ll discuss your medical history and review your current medications. It is extremely important to bring a current list of medications with you, or even the medications themselves. Then our specialist will give you the radioactive material in one of several forms: IV, capsules, liquid, food or inhalant.
After the exam is complete and you've been discharged, drink plenty of fluids. It usually takes 24 hours to flush your system of the radioactive materials. Drinking more water or fluids will speed the process along.
If you have any questions or concerns about our procedures, please call the Nuclear Medicine Department at 740.439.8023, or the Radiology Nursing Staff at 740.439.8085, or visit us on the ground floor of Southeastern Med in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. We also have brochures in your physician's office.
Please note that the radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine are acquired for each individual patient. If you're unable to keep your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so these materials can be canceled in time.
We look forward to serving your medical needs and ensuring your comfort during your visit.