Nuclear Medicine is the imaging subspecialty which utilizes radioactive substances in both the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Relying upon radioactive molecules designed to evaluate normal and abnormal functions of various organ systems of the body, our specialty-trained and board-certified physicians supervise and interpret studies which investigate for such diverse conditions as heart disease, pulmonary embolism, gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and cancer. Nuclear imaging tests are also used to diagnose diseases of the gallbladder and biliary tract, skeleton, and thyroid, among others. Treatment for thyroid disease is also performed in our Nuclear Medicine department.
Our department has championed the application of PET (positron emission tomography) in the region. This technique is highly sensitive for detecting common types of cancer and plays a valuable role in cancer staging and monitoring treatment. PET imaging is also useful in the evaluation of patients with dementia. Nuclear Medicine and methods of molecular imaging continues to evolve with innovative methods to diagnose disease. Our fellowship-trained radiologist physicians are committed to staying on the cutting edge of molecular imaging advances to provide the best possible care for the Fredericksburg community.
Common nuclear medicine studies
Cardiac perfusion SPECT
Thyroid imaging and treatment
Ventilation perfusion for pulmonary embolism
Renal functional imaging
Brain perfusion and cisternography