Nuclear Imaging

Geary Community Hospital provides nuclear imaging and medicine through the Rago Radiology department and under the supervision of Chief Radiologist J. Patrick Landes, DO. By using radioactive materials to “photograph” body organs, Dr. Landes and the nuclear medicine team is able to safely and effectively determine if an organ under study is functioning properly. Many of the bodies main organs are able to be studied with this form of imaging, such as the heart, brain, thyroid, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Geary Community Hospital is able to offer Nuclear Medicine and Imaging through the use of two different machines; the Single Head Nuclear Medicine Camera and Dual Head Nuclear Medicine Camera.

  • Bone Studies
  • Gallbladder Studies
  • Heart Studies
  • Liver Studies
  • Lung Studies
  • Renal Studies
  • Thyroid Scans or Uptakes
  • White Blood Cell Labeling

By using one of these cameras and a radioactive isotope that is injected into a patient, the nuclear imaging team is able to see increased activity of cellular function, or an abnormality in the function of one of the body’s organs. Although the Single and Dual Head Medicine Cameras perform the same functions, the Dual Head Camera is able to perform imaging procedures faster and with a higher accuracy because it is using two cameras instead of one. Pending on the study that is taking place, either your radiologist or cardiologist will read you the results. However, test procedures are performed by a registered nuclear medicine technologist.

Nuclear medicine and imaging aids in the diagnosis and treatment of patients all through out the United States. Many of the nuclear imaging tests that are performed, are used as an additional test to previous imaging. They are safe, effective and painless procedures. There are over 100 different types of nuclear imaging procedures, all to aid in diagnosing major diseases. The following are just a few of the diseases that nuclear imaging is able to help diagnose and evaluate for treatment.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Bypass Surgery Coronary Artery Disease
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Seizure Disorders