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Nuclear Medicine Imaging

A nuclear medicine scan at NYU Langone’s imaging services requires the administration of radioactive material to be injected into the body, swallowed, or inhaled. The amount given is very small.

The pharmaceutical part of the radiopharmaceutical goes to a specific place in the body where there could be disease. The radioactive part emits radiation known as gamma rays, which is detected with a gamma camera.

A gamma camera allows a nuclear medicine physician to see what is happening inside your body. During this imaging procedure, the patient lies on a bed with the gamma camera positioned a few inches above his or her body. Images are taken over the next few minutes. These images allow our radiologists to diagnose a patient’s condition.

Preparing for a Nuclear Medicine Scan

The way you prepare for a nuclear medicine procedure depends on the type of exam you are having, such as a bone scan, hepatobiliary scan, renogram, or thyroid scan.

To ensure accurate test results, follow the preparation instructions given when scheduling your appointment. When making your appointment, please indicate any medications you are taking or if you have any special needs.

Please bring any previous imaging studies and reports with you if they were performed at another institution. You also need your identification card, insurance card, scan prescription, labs, and related forms.

During a Nuclear Medicine Scan

When you arrive for your appointment, you need to change into a gown if you are wearing any clothing with metal in it.

Please advise the technologist if there is a chance that you may be pregnant.

After you change, a technologist escorts you to the injection room or procedure room depending on the exam being performed. The technologist interviews you to take a detailed medical history before administering a radiopharmaceutical. The exam type determines if images are taken shortly after, several hours later, or the next day.

The scan length depends on the type of exam. During the scan, you are visible to and can communicate with the technologist, who is present in the room at all times.

After a Nuclear Medicine Scan

At the end of the scan, the nuclear medicine physician on duty reviews your images.

The results of the scan are interpreted by our nuclear medicine physicians and sent immediately to your referring physician, who contacts you with the results.

Nuclear Cardiology Stress Testing

A specialized type of nuclear imaging is nuclear cardiology stress testing. Experts at NYU Langone’s nuclear cardiology stress testing laboratory perform a range of tests that help cardiologists diagnose and assess many forms of heart disease. Testing is performed daily under the supervision of a board-certified cardiologist, and studies are interpreted by cardiologists and radiologists with advanced training in nuclear cardiology and cardiac imaging.

Patients are referred to our laboratory for a variety of reasons. Many patients with cardiac risk factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, are referred to our experts to be evaluated for the likelihood of coronary artery disease.

In addition, patients with chest pain or other high-risk symptoms are referred to us to find out whether heart disease is the cause of these symptoms. Patients with a known history of heart disease are often sent to us for an evaluation to assess the effectiveness of their medications. Finally, nuclear imaging of the heart is also used to provide information on the strength of the heart muscle.

Stress testing most commonly involves exercise on the treadmill. For patients who are unable to exercise, pharmacologic substitutes can be used, including dipyridamole, adenosine, regadenoson, and dobutamine.

To make an appointment or learn more about cardiac imaging at NYU Langone, call 212-263-5666.

Questions or Comments about Your Visit

Your experience is important to us. If you have questions or comments about your visit, please email or call our ombudsman at 212-263-5222.

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Our Locations

NYU Langone Radiology—NRAD, Garden City

765 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

NYU Langone Radiology—NRAD, Lake Success, Suite 101

6 Ohio Drive
Suite 101
Lake Success, NY 11042

Phone: 516-222-2022
Fax (nuclear medicine and nuclear cardiology): 516-775-4438
Fax (PET/CT scan): 516-335-5454

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NYU Langone Radiology—NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn

150 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220

General Info and Appointments: 718-630-7400
Vascular Interventional Radiology Appointments: 718-630-7408
Fax: 718-630-6453

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NYU Langone Radiology—Regional Radiology—Bard Avenue

360 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310

NYU Langone Radiology—Tisch Hospital

560 First Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

General Info: 212-263-5230
Nuclear Medicine Scheduling: 212-263-7410
Nuclear Medicine Fax: 212-263-7519
Nuclear Cardiology Stress Test Scheduling: 212-263-5667
Nuclear Cardiology Stress Test Fax: 212-263-2867
Vascular Interventional Radiology Scheduling: 212-263-5898
Vascular Interventional Radiology Fax: 212-263-7914
Neurointerventional Radiology Scheduling: 212-263-6008
Neurointerventional Radiology Fax: 212-263-0405
MRI with Anesthesia Scheduling: 212-263-8868
MRI with Anesthesia Fax: 212-263-2290
Presurgical Testing: 212-263-3821
Medical Records: 212-263-5227

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Perlmutter Cancer Center—Rego Park

97-77 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY 11374

Radiology: 718-261-8686
Radiology Fax: 718-261-3803
Infusion: 718-517-6557
Infusion Fax: 718-517-6558

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