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Is nuclear medicine imaging perform on outpatient basis or hospitalized patients? How does it work?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Both

Nuclear imaging can be performed both in outpatients and inpatients.
The amount of radiation introduced into the patient is usually not harmful to the general population. The half life of most isotopes is short and radiation burden is reduced fairly quickly.Allergic reactions to the injected material are rare.

In brief: Both

Nuclear imaging can be performed both in outpatients and inpatients.
The amount of radiation introduced into the patient is usually not harmful to the general population. The half life of most isotopes is short and radiation burden is reduced fairly quickly.Allergic reactions to the injected material are rare.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Both...

Nuclear medicine is performed both inpatient and outpatient.
Nuclear imaging is basically "inside out imaging" meaning that the radioactive source is injected into the body and then detected (imaged) by detectors which are outside of the body. This is the opposite of other types of radiology such as x-rays or ct scans where the radiation source comes from outside the body, not within.

In brief: Both...

Nuclear medicine is performed both inpatient and outpatient.
Nuclear imaging is basically "inside out imaging" meaning that the radioactive source is injected into the body and then detected (imaged) by detectors which are outside of the body. This is the opposite of other types of radiology such as x-rays or ct scans where the radiation source comes from outside the body, not within.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics

In brief: Even

Even though most procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, a few may require you to stay overnight.
If you have any specific questions pertaining to the procedure you are to have done, you should call your doctor or the nuclear medicine department in your hospital. I have also attached a helpful website that may also answer some of your questions.

In brief: Even

Even though most procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, a few may require you to stay overnight.
If you have any specific questions pertaining to the procedure you are to have done, you should call your doctor or the nuclear medicine department in your hospital. I have also attached a helpful website that may also answer some of your questions.
Dr. Laura McMullen
Dr. Laura McMullen
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