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Nuclear medicine scans use a special camera (gamma) to take
pictures of tissues and organs in the body after a
radioactive tracer (radionuclide or radioisotope) is
put in a vein in the arm and is absorbed by the tissues and organs. The
radioactive tracer shows the activity and function of the tissues or
Each type of tissue that may be scanned (including bones,
organs, glands, and blood vessels) uses a different radioactive compound as a
tracer. The tracer remains in the body temporarily before it is passed in the
urine or stool (feces).
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October 1, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Myo Min Han, MD - Nuclear Medicine
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