Nuclear Medicine

Within the nuclear medicine subspecialty of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF physicians use small amounts of radioactive tracer materials to help diagnose and treat a wide range of disease. Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that can be extremely helpful in making a diagnosis, and in some cases nuclear medicine is a treatment technique. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray, ultrasound or any other imaging exam in that those exams determine the presence of disease based on structural appearance, rather than functional information.

Lymphoma Study – UCSF Medical

Nuclear medicine helps doctors to determine the causes of a medical problem based on functional information about tissues organs or bones (via for example a nuclear medicine bone scan).  We provide expert diagnosis and treatment including: 

Benign and Malignant Tumors
Endocrine Disorders
Heart and Vascular Diseases

Early Warning of Disease

At UCSF, nuclear medicine physicians assess potential health problems for referring physicians and their patients at an earlier stage, not waiting for structural changes to occur. We in the UCSF nuclear medicine subspecialty use advanced imaging techniques to study problems in organs or tissues (such as the lung, heart, or brain), and we provide earlier insight and diagnosis for a variety of diseases across the entire spectrum of the body. For example, we may be able predict the likelihood of adverse future events that may affect patients such as discovering symptoms of heart disease that may portend serious cardiac episodes. A nuclear medicine exam and report may also save a patient from more testing.

Radiation Therapy - UCSF Medical