What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine is a type of medical imaging, which uses a safe amount of radioactive substance to diagnose a number of health conditions. This technology allows your physician to understand that is going on in your body on a molecular level.
You inject, inhale, or swallow a small amount of radioactive material, called tracers. Different types of material bind to different cells in your body. Specialized scans are taken that can see the tracers in your body, and the results are read by a nuclear medicine specialist.
Nuclear medicine is used to identify a number of diseases, such as:
- Heart disease
- Thyroid disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Neurological conditions
- Gastrointestinal conditions
In many cases, a disease can be caught and therapeutic interventions started much earlier than with other types of testing.
What nuclear medicine services are available?
Cullman Internal Medicine offers a variety of nuclear medicine scans right in their office. These include:
- Cardiac scan: to visualize blood flow to the heart muscle
- Thyroid scan: to visualize the function and condition of the thyroid
- Parathyroid scan: to detect adenomas, a type of benign tumor
- Bone scan: to evaluate the distribution and formation of bone tissue
- HIDA scan: to evaluate the function of the gallbladder
- Liver scan: to diagnose or evaluate liver conditions
Your physician takes time to explain your need for nuclear medicine testing and to go over any results once they are available.
What is a GXT treadmill stress test?
A GXT treadmill stress test is a tool to evaluate your cardiac health. While you’re walking on a treadmill, your own physician monitors your heart rhythm, blood pressure, and breathing.
By slowly increasing your physical activity in a controlled way, your heart function can be assessed. Your physician may order this test if you have:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Risk factors for heart disease
This test can help to diagnose coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation or other heart arrhythmias, or other heart conditions. It can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment for previously diagnosed cardiac conditions.
Cullman Internal Medicine is proud to offer these studies in the comfort of their office so that your health can be monitored and managed in the best, most effective way possible.
If you’re in need of a nuclear medicine test or a treadmill stress test, call the office or book an appointment online with Cullman Internal Medicine.