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Home > Medical Services > Imaging & Radiology > Nuclear Medicine
Location:Mercy Medical Center701 10th Street SECedar Rapids, IA 52403
Park in either ramp at 8th Avenue & 8th Street Ramp or 8th Avenue & 10th Street. Valet parking is available at the 10th Street Pavilion. Check in at Radiology.
Hours:7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Imaging procedures require a physician's order. Contact your provider via MyChart to discuss your options with your primary care provider.
Nuclear medicine uses radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders. It provides unique information about the human body and its health.
Nuclear medicine helps physicians diagnose disease earlier to make treatment more effective. It's the best early warning system for certain kinds of heart disease, thyroid disease, tumors, bone changes, etc.
The patient is given a radioactive compound that is injected, swallowed or inhaled. Different compounds are used to study different parts of the body.
The compound travels through the body, giving off gamma rays (invisible radiation). The gamma rays show the location of the compound in the body.
Special equipment detects the gamma rays and records them as flashes of light. These are used to create pictures of the part of the body being studied. A computer may help make images easier to interpret.
The results are interpreted by a nuclear medicine physician and the patient's physician.
Every precaution is taken, and exposure to radiation is:
Some procedures are restricted during pregnancy and breastfeeding because a safe dose for the mother may be too high for the baby. And, there may be some risk involved with any procedure that exposes you to radiation.
Ask a member of the nuclear medicine team if you have any doubts or worries. Their job is to help you.