Nuclear medicine differs from an x-ray, ultrasound or any other diagnostic test that determines the presence of disease based on structural appearance. While CT's and MRI's are traditionally used for anatomical scans, Nuclear Medicine can be used to examine the physiological function occurring within the body.
Nuclear Medicine is often used to:
- Help determine function of the organ, tissue or bone.
- Treat abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease, such as thyroid cancer.
- Cardiac Imaging
- Gallbladder Scans
- Limited Thyroid Scans