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Olean General Hospital

Diagnostic Imaging

Nuclear

Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic imaging modality that exploits the way the body reacts to different substances in the presence of a disease. Olean General has a highly trained and certified nuclear medicine staff that uses state-of-the-art technology and proven procedures in its Nuclear Medicine program to assure the utmost in patient safety and the very best in diagnostic outcomes. The procedures in place are approved by the American Society of Nuclear Medicine and regulated by both state and federal nuclear regulatory agencies.

A typical patient will undergo a Nuclear medicine test at Olean General as an outpatient procedure. It is a safe and painless procedure where a radionuclide is administered either intravenously or with food. Radionuclides are medical compounds that are absorbed by the body in a specific way in the presence of a disease. The amount of radiation given off by the radionuclides we use is typically less than what a patient would receive having an x-ray exam.

Once the body absorbs the radionuclide, if a disease or condition is present, its radioactive isotope concentrates in the affected area. A state-of-the-art Nuclear Imaging Scanner (sometimes called a gamma camera) images the patient’s body and records the low level radioactivity emanating from the area where the isotope has concentrated. Using this information, our physicians proceed with a diagnosis and prepare a report for the patient’s referring physician.

Radionuclides used in our Nuclear Medicine Department include many that have been formulated to react with various organs and bone. They are used to check for orthopedic injuries, tumors, thyroid function, cardiac studies and lung scans for blood clots.

Benefits

  • It is a painless, safe and cost-effective way of obtaining diagnostic information.
  • As an out patient procedure it can be conveniently scheduled.
  • Tests can be made organ sensitive speeding up the diagnostic process.
  • It can help avoid more expensive and risky diagnostic testing.
  • It is extremely sensitive to organ abnormalities since it monitors physiology.
  • It is a simple way to monitor the management of a disease.
  • It can identify abnormalities early in the progression of a disease and thus help to improve outcomes.
Nuclear Medicine
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