Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine scans use very small, safe amounts of radioactive material and a special camera to take pictures of your body. They help physicians see how your organs look and work.


Accredited in Nuclear Medicine

Spectrum Health is accredited in nuclear medicine by the American College of Radiology. So, you can feel confident you’ll find skilled staff using advanced technology and techniques.

Types of Nuclear Medicine Imaging

You and your doctor have access to an array of nuclear medicine tests at Spectrum Health, including:
Bone scan
Positron emission tomography (PET)
Positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT)
Single-photo emission-computed tomography (SPECT)

Why Do I Need a Nuclear Medicine Scan?

Your doctor may ask you to get a nuclear medicine scan to help detect, diagnose, monitor or guide treatment of:
Bone and joint problems
Brain disorders
Digestive disorders
Heart and vascular disorders
Lung problems
Thyroid problems

What to Expect

Rely on us to help you feel comfortable before and during your nuclear medicine scan. Your care team will tell you what to expect and provide instructions for your specific test. Usually you can return to normal activities right away after your exam.

Learn how to prepare for your positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan and what to expect during your appointment.

Test Results

Your test results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. We’ll share your results with the doctor who ordered your test. Your doctor will explain the results and help you decide next steps.