Page ContentTaking Care of You from the Inside Out Radioactive tracers inserted into the body and scanned give doctors a look at organ function. Nuclear Medicine is the area of Radiology that uses small amounts of low-level radioactive material to diagnose or treat diseases. These noninvasive and usually painless medical tests can help doctors diagnose many conditions, including cancers, injuries and infections. They can also show the structure and function of internal body parts, such as bones, kidney, bowel, gallbladder, thyroid, heart and others.The type of test administered depends on each patient’s specific condition, but may include positron emission tomography (PET) scans, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), heart scans or other advanced imaging technology. Nuclear Medicine testing is used to locate an infection, analyze organ function, examine blood flow, evaluate a stroke, detect the presence or spread of cancer, measure thyroid function, localize lymph nodes before surgery and scrutinize abnormalities in the brain. See below for other common uses.With our advanced software technology and electronic medical records system, your physician has access to your image and all of your clinical information. Your images are read by a radiologist who provides your physician with a full report.Kelsey-Seybold’s Nuclear Medicine team includes not only the first head of the Nuclear Medicine Department, David Mouton, M.D., who started with the clinic in 1972 when there was one tech and one scanning instrument, but also now includes several of the Radiology Department’s members with special interests in Nuclear Medicine. In addition, the team includes several Kelsey-Seybold cardiologists who are subspecialized in the performance and interpretation of cardiac studies.Kelsey-Seybold has four locations (Berthelsen Main Campus, Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center, Tanglewood, and Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center) where Nuclear tests are performed and a technical team of 40 certified technologists. This ensures that patients can be seen quickly at a convenient location. Patients can be assured their radiation exposure will be kept to the lowest levels possible while still providing accurate results. Common Uses for Nuclear Medicine Imaging Nuclear Medicine is used to: Identify the presence of coronary artery disease and the amount of coronary stenosis (blockage)Assess damage to the heart after a heart attackVisualize heart blood flow and functionWeigh treatment options, such as heart bypass surgery and angioplastyScan lungs for respiratory and blood flow issuesExamine bones for fractures, infection and arthritisEvaluate bone tumorsDetect the early onset of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s DiseaseCheck for abnormalities in the brain in patients with seizures, memory loss or possible irregularities in blood flowLocate bleeding into the bowelIdentify inflammation or abnormal function of the gallbladderAssess lymphedemaGauge fever of unknown originLocate the presence of infectionMeasure thyroid function to detect an overactive or underactive thyroidStage cancer by determining the presence or spread of cancerEvaluate response to cancer therapyDetect rare tumors of the pancreas and adrenal glandsAnalyze kidney blood flow and functionDetect urinary tract obstruction Stay Connected with MyKelseyOnline Email your doctor’s office from a computer or mobile device.Directly schedule appointments with Kelsey-Seybold primary care physicians and an expanding list of specialists. Cancel appointments.View past and upcoming appointments.View your health summary, current medications, immunization records and most lab and test results.Use a link to refill prescription medications at your Kelsey Pharmacy.Update your insurance and personal information.Pay bills online. Learn more or sign up for MyKelseyOnline.