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Nuclear Medicine

The Nuclear Medicine Department at Kern Radiology performs scans, such as thyroid gland scans, cardiac stress scans to demonstrate blood flow in heart muscle, or bone scans looking for possible bone infections. It is different from other imaging exams in that radioactive agents are injected or swallowed into the body and then a camera records how the specific radioactive agent is absorbed by part of the body. Different radioactive agents are attracted to different parts of the body. After an I.V. injection and a period of waiting, the patient is placed on the exam table under a special scanning camera. The camera then takes a time exposure of the specific body area to record how the agent is absorbed. The radiologist makes the diagnosis from the images produced by this time exposure.