NUCLEAR MEDICINE TEST
Nuclear medicine tests are used to provide detailed pictures of certain activities happening inside the body. They are referred to as “Nuclear Medicine” since all of the testing is done with a very small amount of radioactive substance. Often times the radioactive substance is injected via an intravenous (IV) line. The radioactive substance, called radiotracers, is used as it sends signals (gamma rays), that the nuclear medicine camera picks up to generate the images. Overall, the total radiation dose received from this type of testing is similar to a standard X-ray or CT scan.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
ENDOSCOPYAn upper endoscopy (EGD) and Colonoscopy are performed to examine and treat symptoms related to the digestive system as well as screen for cancer. Biopsies may be taken during the procedure, dilation of a narrowing, treatment for bleeding, and removal of polyps. Certain gastrointestinal diseases require monitoring which is also conducted with these procedures.
PAIN MANAGEMENTTreatment of conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and extremity pain are provided by specialized physicians in collaboration with the patient's referring provider to maintain a multidisciplinary approach.