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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine uses the low-level radioactivity emitted by safe, medical isotopes to reveal images of the body and to show abnormalities. Once circulated in the body, these radionuclides accumulate in certain tissues and organs, giving off gamma rays that a special camera can detect to create a picture. This important subspecialty of radiology can add vital information to the imaging of a wide variety of body areas, can demonstrate the status of various body functions and can pinpoint problems in tissue or anatomy.

Virtua offers a wide set of services in this area, bringing patients a range of diagnostics using the latest equipment. In particular, the program at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes, in Camden, serves as a diagnostic center for the Virtua  cardiac program, offering all forms of stress testing. This includes gated single-photon-emission CT (SPECT) imaging to determine cardiac function (ejection fraction) and heart-wall motion.

Additionally, in its role as part of Lourdes’ Regional Organ Transplantation Center and regional dialysis center, the nuciear medicine service at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes provides an array of kidney exams and transplant-function studies. Nuclear medicine at Virtua Willingboro Hospital performs a multitude of thyroid exams and performs thyroid therapies for hyperthyroidism (gland ablation treatments), as well as whole body I-131 imaging as a follow-up for patients who have been treated for thyroid cancer.

Nuclear medicine uses radiolabeled substances (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose image organ function and to identify abnormal tissue.

Virtua’s nuclear medicine service offers these studies:

  • Liver/Spleen Scan
  • Lung Vent & Perf Scan
  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Scan
  • Gastric Emptying Scan
  • Lung Perfusion Scan
  • Biliary Scan
  • Biliary Scan with Ejection Fraction
  • GI Bleed Scan
  • Cisternogram
  • Shunt Patency Study
  • Meckles Scan
  • Thyroid Scan-Tc99m
  • Transplant Renal Scan & Renogram
  • Renal Scan & Renogram
  • Renal Scan & Renogram Pharmacologic
  • Thyroid Multiple Uptake & Scan
  • Renal Scan
  • Ceretec Scan
  • Cystogram
  • Testicular Scan
  • Thyroid Therapy (Willingboro)
  • Thyroid Ablation (Willingboro)
  • Whole Body Thyroid Imaging
  • Persantine Cardiolite Stress Testing
  • CAPD Leak Test
  • Parathyroid Scan
  • CSF Leak Detection
  • Octreotide Scan
  • Sentinel Node Mapping
  • Melanoma Imaging
  • Quantitative Lung Scan
  • Brain Scan
  • Oncoscint Scan
  • Dobutamine Cardiolite Stress Testing
  • Lexiscan Cardiac Stress Testing
  • Bone Scan
  • 3 Phase Bone Scan
  • Bone Spect Imaging
  • Resting Myocardial Perfusion Study
  • Gallium Scan
  • Pyro-Infarct Scan
  • Muga Scan

The radio markers used in these tests remain active only briefly in the body. The radioactivity from the radiotracer is almost complete eliminated in 24 to 48 hours.

The American College of Radiology has accredited the nuclear medicine services at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes, in Camden, and Virtua Willingboro Hospital.

More information on nuclear medicine.

To arrange for radiology services at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes or Virtua Willingboro Hospital:


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