Nuclear Medicine services at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital.

Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty which uses safe, painless and cost effective techniques both to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear Medicine imaging is unique in that it documents organ function and structure in contrast to diagnostic radiology which is based on anatomy. Nuclear Medicine allows your physician to gather medical information which may otherwise be unavailable, require surgery or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests.

Nuclear Medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to diagnose and treat disease. Radiopharmaceuticals are substances that are attracted to specific organs, bones, or tissues. The radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine emit gamma rays which can be detected externally by special types of cameras called gamma cameras. These cameras work in conjunction with computers, and are used to create images which provide data and information about the area of the body being imaged.

Our new imaging system — the difference between seeing and knowing.

Allen Hospital now offers advanced, noninvasive Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Computed Tomography (CT) imaging services with the new Symbia Intevo camera by Siemens. This new technology provides more accurate images of the body and allows for lower radiation exposure.

Physicians will be able to identify cancer lesions more precisely, which improves detection, treatment and monitoring of disease. This allows for earlier clinical decisions to be made, potentially minimizing the need for costly follow-up exams and more accurate assessment of the response to treatment. The same technology will be also be used to reduce the time it takes to image the blood flow to the heart muscle. The system also offers exceptional patient comfort with an open design that may help patients feel more comfortable.

"We are thrilled to bring the Symbia Intevo system to Allen Hospital to advance our imaging capabilities," said Dr. Rajeev Anugu, radiologist at Allen Hospital. "Not only will it give us better results, we will also have faster imaging to get results to our patients in a more timely fashion." 

SPECT-CT Symbia Intevo Camera