Nuclear Medicine (Nuc Med) - Terre Haute Regional Hospital | Terre Haute, IN

Nuclear Medicine (Nuc Med)

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If you have specific questions about the test please contact Radiology Services at 812-237-1625.

Nuclear Medicine (Nuc Med)

Nuclear Medicine Imaging is unique because it documents structure and the function of the 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, which are called radiopharmaceuticals, to the patient to obtain diagnostic information about organs, bone and tissue. The Nuc Med Technologist uses a special camera and computer to create an image for the Radiologist to interrupt.

photo of bone scan from nuclear medicine field

At THRH 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 and fuel management (storage, disposal and recycling).

Many of our Nuc Med Technologists are certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) They have completed specific training and have completed a national examination and are Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT).

Preparation for Examination

  • Your Physician or Imaging Services will inform you of specific instructions for preparations of Nuc Med
  • Inform your Physician or Nuc Med 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

Examination Description

The examination is completed various ways depending on which area of the body is being examined. The examinations are completed by lying down on a table with a pad, or sitting in a chair. Some Nuc Med exams are a 2-3 step process. Your examination will require your radioisotope be administered intravenously, by inhalation, or ingestion. You will be given specific instructions prior and after your examination. If you have any questions, please call the Imaging Services Department at 812-237-1625.