Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine scans use a special camera (gamma) to take pictures of tissues and organs in the body after a radioactive tracer (radionuclide or radioisotope) is put in a vein in the arm and is absorbed by the tissues and organs. The radioactive tracer shows the activity and function of the tissues or organs.

Providence Health & Services’ nuclear medicine departments use state-of-the-art equipment, such as dual-head detector cameras and highly-advanced PET scanners. The departments perform advanced PET imaging and research as well as cardiac nuclear medicine studies.