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WHY WOULD I NEED NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING?

In Calgary, bone scans and myocardial perfusion imaging (sometimes called a nuclear stress test) are the most common types of nuclear medicine imaging that help diagnose tumours, fractures, arthritis, heart problems, and more.

Nuclear medicine imaging can examine the whole body or a specific area of concern using a small amount of radioactive material (called a radiopharmaceutical) injected into an arm vein that travels through your bloodstream into your bones, or to the heart in the case of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI).

A gamma camera detects the radiation emitted from your body, and a computer interprets this information to create images of the areas of concern.

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