Nuclear medicine uses safe and painless techniques to both image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine imaging gives your doctor important medical information that would otherwise not be available, require surgery, or mean more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique in that it shows how your organs are working and how they are structured. Diagnostic radiology, on the other hand, just gives a snapshot to the anatomy.

You may be worried about something that involves the word "nuclear." Please be assured that nuclear medicine is safe. Some people have even asked questions such as, "Will I glow in the dark?" The answer is "no," but please feel free to ask us questions.

Here are answers to the questions that people most often ask:

How long will my nuclear medicine procedure take?

Will I experience any side effects from the injections?

Can I be around people (pregnant women and children)?

Can I eat before my exam?

What is the injection I will receive?

Does a nuclear medicine exam interfere with CT or MRI?

Is this X-ray dye?