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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

We diagnose and treat a variety of conditions through a range of services, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and pulmonary imaging. We also provide 24/7 emergency care.

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Overview

We are a 16 person team that provides compassionate, patient-centered care and delivers extraordinary patient satisfaction. A collaborative team, we are dedicated to superb patient care, educational excellence, technical innovation, and scholarly effort.

Nuclear Medicine is the discipline that uses small amounts of radioactive materials (called radiotracers) to obtain information about the function and structure of the body. Through this targeted radiotracer procedure, we produce valuable information the body’s major organ systems that is essential to the diagnosis and treatment of multiple disease and conditions. For example, nuclear medicine is used to evaluate the body’s major organ systems (heart, lungs, skeleton, liver, bowel, brain). Nuclear medicine techniques are also used to treat various conditions including thyroid illnesses, liver cancer, and prostate cancer involving the bones.

We are available 24/7/365 to accommodate after hours emergencies. Requests for emergency nuclear medicine studies after normal clinic hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) should be directed to the on-call radiology resident at 717-531-4201.

The Nuclear Medicine service is advancing the diagnosis and treatment of dementia by participation in the multicenter IDEAS clinical trial. IDEAS is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and managed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN). To learn more, please visit StudyFinder.

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Safety and radiation dosage monitoring

Our team is specially trained to use the lowest radiation dose that will produce the highest quality images.

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Services

  • Bone Imaging
    • Limited Three Phase Bone scan
    • Limited Three Phase Bone scan with Tomography (e.g. back pain)
    • Limited Three Phase Bone scan with WBC Imaging (e.g. osteomyelitis)
    • Tomography, other
    • Total Body Bone Imaging
    • Total Body Bone Imaging with Tomography
    • Bone Marrow Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
    • Myocardial Perfusion Tomography, Rest (Viability)
    • Myocardial Perfusion Tomography, Stress
    • Treadmill exercise
    • Pharmacologic stress
    • Radionuclide Ventriculography (MUGA)
  • Central Nervous System Imaging
    • Brain Perfusion Planar Imaging
    • Brain Perfusion Imaging with Tomography (e.g. Ceretec)
    • Brain Perfusion Tomography with Diamox Challenge
    • Brain PET imaging (e.g. dementia, seizure, tumor evaluation)
    • Cisternography
    • CNS Leak study
    • CNS Leak study with Tomography
    • CSF shunt study
    • Dopamine Transporter Imaging (DaTScan e.g. movement disorder evaluation)
  • Endocrinologic Imaging/Therapy
    • Parathyroid Imaging
    • Thyroid Cancer Dosimetry
    • Thyroid Cancer Radioiodine Imaging (e.g. I-131whole body)
    • Thyroid Gland Imaging (Technetium-99m)
    • Thyroid Remnant Ablation
    • Thyroid Cancer Metastasis Treatment
    • Hyperthyroidism Treatment
    • Thyroid I-131 Uptake, 24 hour (only)
    • Thyroid I-131 Uptake, 4 and 24 hour
    • MIBG neuroendocrine tumor imaging
  • Gastrointestinal Imaging
    • Gastric Emptying
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux
    • Gastrointestinal Bleeding Study
    • Hepatobiliary scan with gall bladder ejection fraction (e.g. chronic biliary functional disorder)
    • Hepatobiliary scan without gall bladder ejection fraction (e.g acute cholecystitis)
    • Liver and Spleen Imaging
    • Meckel’s diverticulum imaging
    • Liver Blood Pool Imaging (e.g. hemangioma)
  • Genitourinary Imaging
    • Cystogram
    • Renal Cortical Imaging (e.g. DMSA)
    • Renal Scan (e.g. basic functional imaging without pharmacologic intervention)
    • Renal Scan with Lasix (e.g. obstruction evaluation)
    • Renal Scan with Vasotec (e.g. renovascular hypertension evaluation)
  • Pulmonary Imaging
    • Lung Imaging, Ventilation and Perfusion
    • Lung Imaging, Perfusion Only
    • Lung Imaging, Quantitative Differential
  • Miscellaneous Imaging/Therapy
    • Bone Pain Palliation (Samarium-153, Strontium-89)
    • Gallium Imaging, Infection
    • Gallium Imaging, Inflammation
    • Lymphoscintigraphy/Sentinel Lymph Node Localization
    • Monoclonal Antibody Therapy (e.g. Lymphoma)
    • Octreoscan Somatostatin Receptor Tumor Imaging (e.g carcinoid, pheochromocytoma)
    • PET/CT imaging
    • PET with Diagnostic CT imaging
    • White Blood Cell Infection Imaging, Total Body (not Osteomyelitis)
    • Salivary Gland Imaging
    • Radium-223 (Xofigo) therapy for prostate cancer
    • Y-90 Sir-Spheres therapy (primary and metastatic liver cancers)
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Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Cancer Institute
Penn State University