Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body. Nuclear medicine procedures are noninvasive and usually painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose medical conditions.
These imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers. Detecting tumors, infections and other disorders, this procedure often produces the most useful information to make a diagnosis. St. Mary's Hospital's Nuclear Medicine Department was the first downstate nuclear medicine department in Illinois.
All Technologists at St. Mary’s hold an additional registry in Nuclear Medicine in addition to being licensed with the State of Illinois.