Nuclear Medicine

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Nuclear Medicine


Mobile Nuclear Medicine scans are available every Tuesday.


Appointment scheduling is done through your physician office. For any questions concerning your scheduled exam, please call Imaging Services at 563-652-4053.


Nuclear Medicine is the use of very small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and sometimes treat disease. It can help detect a wide variety of conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infection.

The basic procedure involves 5 steps:

  1. The patient receives radioactive material (an isotope).
  2. The isotope travels to target organs and tissues.
  3. The isotope gives off gamma rays - a form of radiation that can only be seen with special equipment.
  4. Special equipment provides images and readings of target organs & tissues.
  5. The images are studied by the radiologists and given to the patient's health-care provider.

Different preparations are needed for the various types of exams. Your physician's office will supply you with the proper preparation needed at the time your exam is scheduled.

Mobile Nuclear Medicine is made available through Shared Medical Technology, of Wisconsin.