Nuclear medicine imaging is unique because it documents the structure and the function of a specific body part. Nuclear medicine can be used as a treatment of a disease and/or disorder. A nuclear medicine technologist administers small amounts of a radioactive material, called radiopharmaceuticals, to the patient to obtain diagnostic information about organs, bone and tissue. The technologist uses a special camera and computer to create an image for the radiologist to interpret.
At Terre Haute Regional Hospital, our Nuclear Medicine Department is in accordance with the National Regulatory Compliance (NRC). This governmental agency oversees reactor safety and security; reactor licensing and renewal; radioactive material safety, security and licensing; plus fuel management (storage, disposal and recycling).
Many of our nuclear medicine technologists are certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). They have completed specific training and passed a national examination to become Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists (CNMT).
Preparation for Your Examination
- Your physician or Imaging Services will inform you of specific instructions for preparation of a nuclear medicine test
- Inform your physician or technologist if you believe there is a chance of pregnancy
- You may be asked to complete a questionnaire depending on which exam you are having done
- Please bring a list of your medications to your appointment
Nuclear Medicine Examination Description
The examination is completed in various ways depending on the area being examined. The technologist will ask you to lie down on a table with a pad, or have you sit in a chair. Some nuclear medicine exams take several steps. Your examination will require a radioisotope to be administered intravenously, by inhalation or by ingestion. You will be given specific instructions prior to and after your examination. If you have any questions, please call the Imaging Services Department at (812) 237-1625.