Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging
In conventional X-ray or CT examinations, images are acquired from external x-ray sources. Nuclear medicine images, on the other hand, are obtained by injecting patients with radiotracers or by administering the tracer orally. The administered substance then localizes to a particular organ or site through normal physiologic processes. A large detector (gamma camera) is then used to image the location of the activity, providing information about local physiology.
In addition to the standard types of nuclear medicine exams, BIDMC also has PET/CT and SPECT/CT imaging equipment, the most advanced type of nuclear imaging technology. Both machines combine functional nuclear medicine images with anatomic images provided by CT. PET is used primarily for the diagnosis and management of specific cancers, while SPECT can be used for cancer diagnosis and management as well as assist in the management of several benign diseases.
The Nuclear Medicine Division at BIDMC is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).