Jefferson University Hospitals

Nuclear Medicine Scan

A nuclear medicine scan is a test that produces pictures of organs and areas of the body that cannot be seen well with standard X-rays. Using what's called a gamma camera, our radiologists can visualize the activity of your organs as illuminated by radioactive dye that is injected in you prior to the procedure.

The information obtained through this procedure will aid your physician in making an accurate diagnosis for diseases and conditions. If disease is detected, your Jefferson medical team may perform further testing or develop a personalized treatment plan based on the precise nature of your condition and your individual needs.

Our staff performs and interprets more than 13,000 nuclear medicine scans annually, including: 

  • Bone Scan — a procedure that involves examining the various bones of the skeleton to identify areas of physical and chemical changes.  Bone scans can detect the spread of metastatic cancer, bone trauma, bone infections and difficult-to-locate fractures.
  • Breast Scan — a procedure that examines the breasts when the results of your screening mammogram are uncertain
  • Carotid Artery Duplex Scan — a produce to image spinal disorders, stroke and demyelinating and coronary artery diseases
  • Gallbladder Scan — a procedure that provides diagnostic information about how your gallbladder is functioning
  • Kidney Scan — a procedure to assess the function and structure of the kidneys, as well as blood flow to the kidney tissue
  • Liver Scan — a procedure that provides diagnostic information about how your liver is functioning
  • Lung Scan — a procedure that provides diagnostic information about how your lungs are functioning, and to detect abnormalities such as cancer
  • Myocardial Perfusion Scan — a procedure to gauge how well blood flows into your heart to detect the narrowing arteries of coronary heart disease
  • Pancreas Scan — a procedure that provides diagnostic information about how your pancreas is functioning

Make an Appointment for a Nuclear Medicine Scan

To schedule a radiology exam at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, please call 1-800-TJU-1662 (1-800-858-1662) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.