Nuclear Medicine (Molecular Imaging)

Nuclear medicine involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials (or tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Nuclear medicine determines the cause of the medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue or bone.

Allegiance Health uses the latest treatment modalities and technology. Some of these include:

  • DaTscan for the early detection of Parkinson’s disease
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT),  a technique which allows for 3D information
  • Lexiscan to perform stress tests without the need for walking on a treadmill (done in partnership with Michigan Heart)
  • PET and CT to help diagnose and assess cancer
  • Advanced cameras that reduce the amount of radiation required to perform imaging tests

Allegiance Health also participates in a number of imaging studies to diagnosis different disease states.

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