Nuclear medicine exams are noninvasive tests that use small doses of radioactive isotopes to image the functioning of body organs. Nuclear medicine scans provide helpful information about muscle movement of the heart and lungs, blood flow, organ function and bone structures. Nuclear medicine is also used for the follow-up care of cancer patients.
These exams can take anywhere from half an hour to four hours. Lake Health’s Nuclear Medicine services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
A physician order is required, and most exams require an appointment.
Nuclear medicine bone scans
Nuclear medicine bone scans (Nuclear SPECT/CT hybrid imaging) are imaging methods used to detect primary and secondary cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, stress fractures, prosthetic joint loosening, cellulitis, infection and more. The images show more detail than many other scans, and SPECT/CT imaging results can even be combined with MRI scans to give more information to help radiologists make a diagnosis.
Nuclear medicine bone scans are performed with a doctor’s referral at University Hospital Lake West Medical Center in Willoughby. To schedule an appointment, please call Centralized Scheduling at 440-953-6258.
TriPoint Medical Center
7590 Auburn Road
Concord Township, OH 44077
UH Lake West Medical Center
36000 Euclid Avenue
Willoughby, OH 44094
Preparing for Your Nuclear Medicine Exam
- Take your usual medications unless directed otherwise.
- Drink plenty of fluids prior to your exam.
- Other restrictions or preparations are dependent on exam type and will be discussed with you.