The exam process can often be an intimidating experience for a patient, which is why staff in Alliance Community Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department makes an effort to take that extra step in helping their patients understand what to expect during their exam. This group of caring individuals do what they can to help patients feel more at ease by providing calming music or an extra pillow or blanket, helping to make their experience a pleasant one.

Nuclear medicine is unique because it shows how organs and tissues are working. For example, nuclear medicine allows physicians to see how a kidney or heart is functioning, not just what it looks like. Most other diagnostic imaging tests, such as x-ray exams, reveal only anatomical structure.

A nuclear medicine procedure is sometimes described as an "inside-out" x-ray because it records radiation emitting from the patient’s body rather than radiation that is directed through the patient’s body. Nuclear medicine procedures use small amounts of radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceutical, that are attracted to specific organs, bones or tissues. As the radiopharmaceutical travels through the body, it produces radioactive emissions. A special type of camera detects these emissions in the organ, bone or tissue being imaged and then records the information on a computer screen or on film.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call our Nuclear Medicine Department at 330-596-7749.

To schedule an exam, call Centralized Scheduling at 330-596-7187.

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Nuclear Medicine Exam Instructions

Thank you for choosing Alliance Community Hospital to perform your Nuclear Medicine examination. We realize you may have questions regarding your upcoming exam and hope this information will help explain the procedure to you.

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