Experience Superior Care With Cardiac Nuclear Medicine In Port Charlotte, FL
The Charlotte Heart & Vascular Institute wants our patients to feel informed about their care and the depth of our services. One of our specialties in Port Charlotte, FL, is nuclear medicine.
Focusing On Your Health
Nuclear medicine uses imaging to pinpoint molecular activity and evaluate specific areas for cancers, heart disease, chemotherapy or radiotherapy damage, and more. The process uses trace amounts of radioactive materials injected into the bloodstream, inhaled, or swallowed. The radiotracers allow your cardiologist to examine the affected area using gamma rays and computer imaging.
Instructions & Risk Management
The risks of nuclear medicine are minimal but not nonexistent. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers are more at risk with diagnostics that include radiation. You also should always tell your cardiologist about allergies, medical conditions, recent illness, or medications before this procedure. Every exam is unique to the individual, so you may be instructed on what to eat or drink, particularly if you will be sedated. They will also likely ask that you wear loose clothing and leave your jewelry at home.
When you sit down with one of our cardiologists, they may introduce the idea of nuclear medicine as a diagnostic procedure. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask; your health and wellbeing are our primary concerns.