Diagnostic nuclear medicine
Before a diagnostic nuclear medicine test, you’ll take a radioactive material, called a tracer. Depending on the test, you may swallow it, inhale it or get an injection. The tracer settles in a specific area of your body and gives off energy that can be detected by a special camera. This allow your care team to see how your organs or body tissues are working, and can help them detect disease in its earliest stages – when it’s easier to treat.
Diagnostic tests we offer
Rely on our nuclear medicine team for:
- Cardiac nuclear medicine – Checks heart for disease and damage.
- Hepatobiliary nuclear medicine – Examines parts of the biliary system, including the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts.
- Kidney (renal) scintigraphy – Reveals how well your kidneys are working.
- Lymphoscintigraphy – Looks for disease in your lymph system, which is part of your immune system.
- Positron emission tomography (PET) – Checks how your tissues and organs are working.
- Skeletal scintigraphy – Helps diagnose and evaluate bone diseases and conditions.
- Thyroid scan and uptake – Shows size, shape, position and function of your thyroid (a gland in your neck that regulates hormones).
Nuclear medicine treatments
If your doctor recommends a treatment that uses radiopharmaceuticals (drugs with radioactive chemicals), turn to ProHealth for:
- Radioactive iodine (I-131) therapy – Treats overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and thyroid cancer.
- Radioembolization (Y90) – Treats liver cancer.
- Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) – Treats non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma and other types of cancer.
Discovery PET/CT 690 system
Benefit from advanced nuclear imaging technology in Waukesha County. ProHealth was the first in Wisconsin to use the Discovery PET/CT 690. This system:
- Scans your body more quickly.
- Exposes you to less radiation.
- Helps your doctor make a more precise diagnosis so you can make more informed decisions about your care.