Nuclear Medicine at Sharp Rees-Stealy
Welcome to Sharp Rees-Stealy's Nuclear Medicine Department.
Patients utilizing this department's services receive a referral from their primary care doctor, cardiologist or other specialist.
What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine is a diagnostic imaging technology which utilizes small amounts of radioactive tracers called radioisotopes. The radioisotopes are injected intravenously by Sharp Rees-Stealy's licensed nuclear medicine technologists and allow anatomical imaging. The radioisotopes are nonallergenic, nontoxic and different from the dyes or contrast agents used in CT scans, X-rays and MRIs and cause no side or after effects. The radiation is low and the radioactivity disappears from the body within days.
At Sharp Rees-Stealy's Nuclear Medicine Department the majority of exams involve noninvasive imaging of the heart. Noncardiac imaging of the skeleton, kidneys, lungs, gall bladder, parathyroid, thyroid and stomach are also performed. Most exams have a time interval of several hours between injection and scan, but patients may leave the clinic during the interval if they desire. The resultant images are called nuclear medicine scans which are interpreted by specially trained physicians. Results are generally available to the physician who made the patient referral within one week of the exam, unless special arrangements have been made.
To learn more about imaging services at Sharp, visit Radiology and Diagnostics Imaging.
Choose the best doctor in San Diego for you.
View Sharp Rees-Stealy doctors in San Diego.
"I create an open line of communication with my patients to promote their quality of life and good health."
"I take the time to listen to my patients in order to tailor a treatment plan based on their needs."
"I strive to provide quality health care, and work with my patients to achieve positive results."
"The Sharp Experience means listening and striving to provide superior medical care."
"The Sharp Experience means treating one another with respect, dignity and most importantly, compassion."
"Optimal health, quality of life and longevity are of my highest concern for each patient."
"The Sharp Experience means quality health care with an emphasis on the doctor-patient relationship to help patients live healthier, happier lives."