Cardiology – identifying segments of the heart and blood vessels with decreased or insufficient blood flow. Nuclear imaging can show the viability of the heart muscle and assist in evaluating the cause of acute pain to better determine if a patient is experiencing a heart attack.
Oncology – supporting the diagnosis of cancer and staging for cancer treatment or evaluating a patient’s response to treatment.
Pulmonary – imaging the lungs to look for or evaluate respiratory function and blood-flow.
Gastrointestinal – identifying blockages, assessment of liver function and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Thyroid – detecting an overactive or underactive thyroid, thyroid nodules or to assist in therapy planning for thyroid disorders.
Orthopedics – evaluating metastatic disease or bone pain in cancer patients. Nuclear imaging can also be used to identify fractures. A special procedure called 3-phase scanning can identify osteomyelitis (an infectious disease) and stress fractures.
Brain function – examining brain function related to mental illness, atypical behavior and to assess blood flow.