Great Lakes Medical Imaging’s radiology group has a long-standing reputation for excellence in diagnostic imaging in Western New York. Nuclear Medicine studies are performed at our 111 N. Maplemere Rd, Suite 120 location. This technology helps physicians to determine the cause of a medical problem based on organ and tissue functioning as well as its anatomy. Nuclear medicine is patient-friendly—it is painless and easy—and identifies abnormalities during early stages of development without surgery.
We offer a variety of scans:
- Whole body bone scans
- 3 phase bone scans
- Renal function exams
- Gastric emptying
- Gallium scans
- Hepatobiliary (HIDA) exams
- Liver/Spleen studies
- Thyroid uptakes
- Parathyroid scans
What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear medicine acquires comprehensive imaging of your body with the help of a pharmaceutical medicine that is injected into your body through an IV or taken orally. The material is absorbed into your cells, with more of the material accumulating in specific areas where there are higher traces of chemical activity. Areas with higher traces of accumulated material are then captured by a specially developed camera, as these areas generally correspond to areas of disease or “hot spots.” Radiopharmaceutical activity also indicates the level of functioning for specific organs and tissues..
What will I experience during a nuclear medicine exam?
- You will be administered a small amount of radioactive material, after which imaging will take place. Depending on the exam, the imaging may start immediately or hours later. Instructions will be given at the time of scheduling.
- You will be asked to lie down on the scanning table, where a special camera will move slowly over the areas of your body that require imaging. The camera will never touch your body.
- You will be asked to remain still for the duration of the procedure. The duration of the exam could be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.
- Wear comfortable clothing that does not contain metal or zippers. You may be asked to change into a gown for the procedure.
- Please notify our staff prior to the scheduled exam if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Please bring any relevant films and reports from previous exams.
- Do not wear jewelry, piercings or removable dental work.
To schedule a Nuclear Medicine exam, please call us at (716) 836-4646 or contact us below.