Is nuclear medicine safe

Nuclear medicine procedures are among the safest diagnostic imaging exams available.

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As a patient undergoing a nuclear medicine examination you will only receive a very small amount of radioactivity from the radiopharmaceutical injected, just enough to provide sufficient diagnostic information.

In most cases the amount of radiation from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to that of a diagnostic X-ray. Together with the referring physician, the nuclear medicine physician will select the most appropriate examination for the particular medical problem, thereby avoiding any unnecessary radiation exposure.

Special precautions apply to pregnant and lactating women. Thus, if you are, or could be pregnant, or if you are lactating please inform your physician or contact us directly prior to the examination.


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