• Thyroid scans- Assesses thyroid function
• Bone scans- Checks for bone disease, tumors, bone degeneration
• Gallium scans- Checks for infection, disease, tumors, abscesses
• Heart scans- Determines extent of damage after a heart attack, evaluates blood flow and heart function
• Brain scans- Evaluates brain tissue and blood flow
• Breast scans-Used with mammograms to identify cancer
The procedure and preparation for a nuclear medicine scan depends on the type of scan. You will receive specific preparation instructions when you make your appointment. Common preparation instructions include food or vitamin restrictions prior to the test.
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