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Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive substances (called tracers or radiopharmaceuticals) combined with imaging technology to show your cells, tissues, organs, and bone function in real time. Radioactive substances are also used to treat conditions like cancer (radiation oncology) and thyroid problems.

Highly-trained nuclear medicine specialists perform these painless, medically advanced procedures. You receive an injection with a safe level of radioactive tracer. As the substance travels through your body, it gives off energy that’s detected by a camera and computer technology to create real-time images.

Depending on the examination area, you may either lie or sit on a table next to the camera. Nuclear medicine procedures usually take about an hour.

Why Choose UHealth?

Leading-edge nuclear medicine services in South Florida. Our nuclear medicine doctors and other radiology specialists are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials.

Expert care from an experienced team. You receive care from highly skilled nuclear medicine doctors, certified nuclear medicine technologists, and specially trained nurses who are committed to your health, safety, and comfort.

Get high-quality vascular imaging close to home. Choose from several locations in South Florida to find nuclear medicine services near you.

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Who is a Candidate?

Your doctor may use a nuclear medicine procedure for:

  • Brain illness and injuries: such as stroke, seizure disorders, dementia, and schizophrenia
  • Cancer
  • Digestive health problems: such as infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, or blockages in your bile ducts
  • Heart and vascular disease: including arrhythmias, heart failure, and atherosclerosis
  • Infections
  • Kidney disease: including kidney stones and infections
  • Thyroid, liver, and lung conditions

What to Expect

  • Positron emission tomography (PET)

    A PET scan creates detailed, 3-D images. It’s used mainly to detect cancer and evaluate how a particular cancer treatment is working. It’s also sometimes used to diagnose brain disorders and heart disease.

    In some instances, your doctor may use a combined PET/CT scan:

    • PET: shows the radioactive tracer as it travels through your body, allowing your doctor to see how your organs function
    • CT: shows your internal structure

    This combined scan provides more comprehensive information in a single scan than using PET or CT individually.

  • Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)

    A SPECT scan is similar to a PET scan — the only difference between the two scans is the type of radioactive tracer. Like PET, SPECT can also be combined with CT (SPECT/CT) to provide more information. A nuclear medicine doctor determines which scan offers the best information for a particular condition. 

    SPECT scans are mostly used to diagnose and monitor heart disease, but they can be used to examine your bones, gallbladder, and intestinal tract. Doctors also use SPECT to diagnose Parkinson’s disease.

  • Multiple-gated acquisition (MUGA)

    Also called radionuclide ventriculography (RVG) or radionuclide angiography (RNA), a MUGA scan shows your doctor how well your heart beats, including how much blood it pumps with each heartbeat.

  • Nuclear medicine bone scan

    A bone scan examines the health of your bones. Your doctor may use this scan to see how an injury, infection, or disease has affected your bones. Bone scans also help your doctor determine whether treatment is improving your bone condition.

  • Gallium scan

    A gallium scan — named for the type of radioactive substance it uses — identifies areas in your body where there’s rapid cell growth. Your doctor may use this test to look for infection, injury, swelling, or cancer.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care