Nuclear Medicine - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Service

Nuclear Medicine provides a full range of advanced accredited functional imaging and therapy services for the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System, including General Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine Therapy, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and bone densitometry (DXA).

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty that uses radiotracers (radioactive drugs) to diagnose, treat, and evaluate the response to treatment for many health conditions. These radiotracers may be administered through different routes, but are most commonly given intravenously (within a vein), inhaled, or swallowed to investigate the function of various organs or body systems. Specialized scanners are used to produce the images needed to make a medical diagnosis.

Services Provided

The VA North Texas Health Care System Nuclear Medicine Service provides an array of Nuclear Medicine procedures:

  • General Nuclear Medicine
    • Musculoskeletal Imaging (Examples: Bone Scan, Marrow Imaging)
    • Infectious Disease Imaging (Examples: WBC Scan, Gallium)
    • Functional GI Imaging (Examples: HIDA, Gastric Emptying, GI Bleed Localization)
    • Functional Endocrine Imaging (Examples: Thyroid Scan, Parathyroid Localization Study)
    • Tumor or Tissue Localization (Examples: Octreoscan, Thyroid Cancer Diagnostic Imaging, Lymphoscintigraphy - Lymphatic Mapping)
    • Functional Lung Imaging (Examples: VQ Scan, Quantitative Lung Perfusion)
    • Functional Genitourinary Imaging (Examples: Renal Scan, GFR Radioassay)
    • Functional Neurologic Imaging (Examples: SPECT Brain Perfusion, DaTScan, CSF Imaging)
  • Bone Densitometry
    • Clinical Bone Densitometry (Examples: Central DXA, Peripheral DXA)
    • Research/Investigational Bone Densitometry (Example: Body Composition Assessment)
  • Nuclear Cardiology
    • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
      • Treadmill Exercise Stress
      • Pharmacologic Stress
    • Myocardial Viability Assessment
    • Neurocardiac Imaging
    • Cardio/Vascular Blood Pool Imaging (MUGA)
    • PET/CT Cardiac Imaging+
    • [See PET/CT]
  • Nuclear Medicine Therapeutics
    • I-131 Therapy for Hyperthyroidism
    • I-131 Therapy for Thyroid Cancer
    • Sm153 Therapy for Palliation of Pain Related to Bone Metastases
    • Y90 Radioimmunotherapy for CD20+ Lymphoma
    • Y90 Microsphere Liver Directed Radiotherapy
    • Ra223 Alpha Therapy for Skeletal Metastatic Disease
  • Positron Imaging
    • PET/CT Oncology
    • PET/CT Radiation Oncology –Treatment Position (Includes Respiratory Gating, as needed)
    • PET/CT Cardiac Imaging+ (Examples: Stress Test Perfusion Imaging, Myocardial Viability)
    • PET/CT Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • PET/CT Infection/Inflammation Imaging
    • PET/CT Neurologic Imaging (Examples: Oncology, Dementia – Metabolic or Beta Amyloid)
    • How do I prepare for my exam?

Instructions vary for each Nuclear Medicine Scan or Procedure, and will be provided to you during pre-registration. It is important to notify the Nuclear Medicine Technologist or Provider of any allergies, recent illnesses, and medications you are currently taking. Also, notify staff if you are, or there is the possibility that you may be, pregnant or if you are currently breast-feeding.

How will I get my results?

Results are typically available to your doctor within two business days of procedure completion. Inpatient or stat (immediate) results are communicated in less than 60 minutes.

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Contact Info

Location

  • Dallas VAMC
    Clinical Addition
    3rd Floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 214-857-0130

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.