Procedures & Tests - Nuclear Medicine Scan

A nuclear medicine imaging scan uses tiny amounts of radioactive materials (tracers) to take pictures of various parts of the body. For a nuclear medicine scan, your child will be given the radioactive material by injection, by mouth, inhalation, or into the bladder.

A special camera and computer make images of the area(s) of the body the doctor needs to see. No radiation is emitted from the machine itself. The machine is reading signals given off by the tracers in the body.

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