A positron emission tomography pet scan is an example of diagnostic nuclear medicine a pet scan uses a radioactive substance as a tracer that is injected into the blood stream blood carries the tracer to a specific organ in the body. Diagnostic nuclear medicine involves the use of radioactive tracers to image and or measure the global or regional function of an organ the radioactive tracer radiopharmaceutical is given to the patient by intravenous injection orally or by other routes depending on the organ and the function to be studied. Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses radioactive tracers radiopharmaceuticals to assess bodily functions and to diagnose and treat disease specially designed cameras allow doctors to track the path of these radioactive tracers. Diagnostic nuclear medicine tests our team at northshore offers many different types of nuclear medicine tests and examinations diagnostic nuclear medicine tests involve using a small amount of a radioactive material and advanced imaging technology to diagnose a variety of diseases and conditions
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