Great Lakes Medical Imaging’s radiology group has a long-standing reputation for excellence in diagnostic imaging in Western New York. We offer patients Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging at our Park Club Lane location. This technology helps physicians to determine the cause of a medical problem based on organ and tissue functioning as well as its anatomy. Nuclear medicine is patient-friendly—it is painless and easy—and identifies abnormalities during early stages of development without surgery.
What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine acquires comprehensive imaging of your body with the help of a pharmaceutical medicine that is injected into your body through an IV or taken orally. The material is absorbed into your cells, with more of the material accumulating in specific areas where there are higher traces of chemical activity. Areas with higher traces of accumulated material are then captured by a specially developed camera, as these areas generally correspond to areas of disease or “hot spots.” Radiopharmaceutical activity also indicates the level of functioning for specific organs and tissues.
What will I experience during a nuclear medicine exam?
- You will be administered a small amount of pharmaceutical medicine/radioactive material. The length of waiting time varies from 30 minutes to several hours.
- You will be asked to lie down on the scanning table, where a special camera will move slowly over the areas of your body that require imaging. The camera will never touch your body.
- You will be asked to remain still for the duration of the procedure, which lasts from 30 minutes to two hours.
- Read the general instructions on our home page
- Wear comfortable clothing that does not contain metal or zippers. You may be asked to change into a gown for the procedure.
- Please notify our staff prior to scheduled exam if you: have any allergies, asthma or have any metal or medical device in your body; recently underwent surgery or experienced a trauma; are diabetic or are over the age of 65, pregnant or breast-feeding, or are taking any medications.
- Please bring any relevant films and reports from previous exams.
- Do not wear jewelry, piercings or removable dental work.
To schedule a nuclear medicine exam, please contact us.