At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, we pride ourselves at evolving with our industry and staying at the cutting edge of imaging science, including the rapidly advancing field of nuclear medicine. Medical Imaging of Grapevine is currently one of the only independent facilities in the region offering modalities in nuclear medicine, including DaTscan for Parkinson's and several other advancements in the field of imaging and diagnostic medicine.
Our facility is owned and operated by radiologists who are fellowship-trained and board-certified. The fact that we're not affiliated with a hospital or other medical center actually works to our advantage. Our procedures are offered at a fraction of the price you'd pay with a non-private facility, giving you world-class care that's affordable.
Nuclear medicine involves imaging procedures that involve detection of radiation within the body after a radioactive tracer is administered. In nuclear medical imaging, the patient receives a measured amount of a radioactive substance meant to move to a certain part of the body or cause a certain action. The radiologist then views the effects of the substance to reach conclusions about the health of the patient.
Nuclear medicine is an evolving field that yields new treatment procedures constantly. At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, we adopt these new procedures as quickly as possible to give our patients the best options for their imaging needs. Here are some of the nuclear medical tests that you can schedule at Medical Imaging of Grapevine:
A HIDA scan measures the pathology of your liver and bile ducts. After a radioactive tracer is injected, it travels to the liver, tracked by a nuclear (gamma) camera. HIDA Scan is used to diagnose gallbladder disease like Acute Cholecystitis.
Renogram with Lasix
A radioisotope is injected into the body, and a gamma camera tracks its movement through the kidneys in this test that measures renal pathology. It provides information about renal function and also evaluated if the blockage in the ureter is just functional and is relieved by Lasix.
Gallbladder Ejection Fraction
A gallbladder ejection fraction is a special type of HIDA scan in which the gallbladder's function is measured and tracked. This test tells evaluated gall bladder function and is used to diagnose gallbladder dyskinesia.
A bone scan helps detect cancer in the bones and bone marrow (leukemia) or cancer that has metastasized into this region. A tracer is injected, and images are taken to measure the absorption in different areas. If areas absorb too much or too little of the tracer, it can indicate cancer in the cells in question.
Three-phase Bone Scan
The three phase bone scan is used identify a fracture that doesn't show up on X-rays. It can also lead to a diagnosis of bone infection, injury or osteomyelitis, as well as a number of other bone conditions.
A multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan analyzes left ventricle ejection fraction and helps diagnose heart failure.
Thyroid Uptake Scans: 4- and 24-hour
Thyroid uptake scans are imaging modalities that involve a small injection of radioactive tracer. Interval measurements are taken to observe the uptake of the tracer by the thyroid gland. This test gives insights about the size, shape and function of the thyroid that no other test can. This test tells us if the Thyroid Gland is hyperactive or hypoactive. It helps distinguish Thyroid Nodules whether cold or hot.
An abnormality with the parathyroid gland has historically been difficult to identify, but with this nuclear scan, doctors can measure the pathology of this endocrine gland more accurately than ever.
Gastric Emptying Scan
This scan is used to evaluate the time it takes for the food to go from the stomach into your intestines. You will eat a meal at the center that has radioactive material in it. Gamma camera is used to image the stomach immediately after you eat the meal, at 1 hour, 2 hours and 4 hours after the radioactive meal. It helps diagnose motility disorders of the stomach.
At Medical Imaging of Grapevine, we're proud to offer nuclear medical imaging procedures that help- us stay at the cutting edge of diagnostic medicine. For more information about the tests available at our facility, contact Medical Imaging of Grapevine today.