Diagnosing and Treating Disease with PET/Nuclear Medicine

PET/nuclear medicine is a highly specialized branch of radiology that uses low-dose radioactive material and state-of-the-art cameras to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions. 


East Campus of BIDMCIn conventional X-ray or CT exams, imaging equipment releases low doses of radiation that pass through your body. With nuclear medicine imaging, radiologists use the opposite approach by introducing low-dose radioactive material (usually by injection). From there, the radioactive material is detected by state-of-the-art cameras, which produce digital images of your body. Within a few hours of the completion of an exam, these images are transferred to high-resolution video monitors and reviewed.

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 and can assist in managing several benign diseases.

To schedule an evaluation, call us at 617-667-2071 or request an appointment online.

Conditions We Diagnose

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Differential renal function/obstruction
  • Gastroparesis
  • GI bleed localization
  • Infection
  • Localization of epileptic foci
  • Neoplastic disease
  • Normal-pressure hydrocephalus/CSF leak
  • Occult fracture
  • Parathyroid adenoma localization
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Sentinel lymph node localization
  • Thyroid function and morphology

Conditions We Treat

  • Bone metastases from prostate cancer
  • Liver cancer (in conjunction with Interventional Radiology)
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Thyroid cancer

Exam Overview

ACR-Accredited Facility

The Nuclear Medicine Division at BIDMC is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).