Dual-Head Nuclear Imaging in Gainesville, TX
What Is a Nuclear Medicine Test?
There are numerous diagnostic procedures that can be used to help patients diagnose acute issues and prevent other problems from developing. One of the imaging tests that a doctor might order is called Nuclear Medicine Test. Rely on the team from North Texas Medical Center for your Nuclear Medicine Test imaging needs!
First, it is important for patients to understand what a Nuclear Medicine Test is. This is a type of scan that uses small amounts of radioactive materials that are either injected into the bloodstream, inhaled or swallowed. The radiotracer travels through the area being examined and gives off energy in the form of gamma rays. Different types of tissue absorb these rays in different ways. A special dual-head gamma detects the radiation in the body and then creates an image of the inside of your body based on the absorption of the radiation. Nuclear medicine imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures. There are several situations in which a doctor might order a Nuclear Medicine Test.
When Does a Doctor Recommend a Dual-Head Nuclear Gamma Test?
There are a handful of common situations where a doctor might recommend a Nuclear Medicine Test. One of the most common applications has to do with the heart. A doctor will commonly order a Nuclear Medicine Test to take a look at how the heart is functioning. This can be used to look for areas of the heart that might lack oxygen or other nutrients.
In addition, a doctor will commonly order a Nuclear Medicine Test to look for certain types of cancer. By looking at how quickly various cells in the body are metabolizing nutrients, it can detect cancerous nodes and tumors.
How Do I Prepare for a Dual-Head Nuclear Gamma Test?
If you have a Nuclear Medicine Test coming up, make sure that you understand why the doctor has ordered this test. You might not be able to eat the night before or the morning of the exam or take medications. Finally, schedule your appointment with North Texas Medical Center.
How Can I Schedule an Appointment for a Dual-Head Nuclear Gamma Test?
If you have a Nuclear Medicine Test, then we can help you get your test scheduled. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your upcoming imaging exam!
1900 Hospital Blvd
Gainesville, TX 76240
Hours of operation:
24-hour inpatient service, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday for outpatient procedures.