Metabolic Imaging

nuclear medicine

About This Imaging Test

Nuclear Medicine Imaging is a test that produces pictures (scans) of internal body parts using small amounts of radioactive material. This test is used to provide images of organs and areas of the body that cannot be seen well with standard X-rays. Many abnormal tissue growths, such as tumors are particularly visible using nuclear medicine imaging. A radiologist—a doctor who is specially trained to use X-rays and other imaging techniques to diagnose and treat illness and disease—interprets this test.

In addition to showing the structure of an organ, nuclear medicine imaging allows the doctor to see how the organ is functioning. A diseased or poorly working organ will appear differently on the scan than will a healthy organ. The information from this test is valuable in diagnosing many diseases, including cancer. Because this test shows internal areas that are not visible on standard X-rays, nuclear medicine imaging can help identify problems very early in the course of a disease. Treatment often is most effective when it is begun in a disease's early stages.


How the Test is Performed

Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of low-level radioactive compounds, which are given as an injection or by mouth (swallowed). These compounds are attracted to specific organs, bones or tissues, which absorb the radioactive material.

Once an organ or tissue has absorbed the radioactive material, it produces emissions, which can be detected by a special camera, or scanner.

The scanner works with a computer to convert the emissions into an image. The doctor can view the images and look for areas that appear abnormal.


Hospitals/Medical Centers

Cape Coral Hospital
  • 636 Del Prado Blvd.
  • Cape Coral, FL 33990
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
cape coral hospital
  • Phone: 239-424-2000
Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • 13681 Doctor's Way
  • Fort Myers, FL 33912
  • (Located at Daniels and Metro Parkway)
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
gulf coast medical center
  • Phone: 239-343-1000
HealthPark Medical Center
  • 9981 S. HealthPark Drive
  • Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • (Located at Summerlin and Bass Road)
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
HealthPark Medical Center
  • Phone: 239-343-5000
Lee Memorial Hospital
  • 2776 South Cleveland Ave.
  • Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • (Located on US 41 near downtown Fort Myers )
Hours:
Hours vary depending on the type of unit, the level of care, patient needs or physicians' instructions. Please call for unit hours.
lee memorial hospital
  • Phone: 239-343-2000

Specialty Centers

Imaging and Radiology - Outpatient MRI
  • 7331 College Parkway
  • Fort Myers, FL 33919
  • Imaging Available:
  • MRI
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8am - 3:30pm
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  • Phone: 239-343-3338

Outpatient Locations

Imaging and Radiology
  • Outpatient Center at The Sanctuary *
  • 8960 Colonial Center Drive
  • Fort Myers, FL 33905
  • Imaging Available:
  • All services digital, CT, Fluoroscopy, MRI, MRI/Arthrograms, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, X-Ray
Hours:
Mon - Fri : 7am - 6pm
location sanctuary
  • Phone: 239-424-1499
  • Fax: 239-424-1439
Imaging and Radiology
  • Outpatient Center at HealthPark Commons *
  • 16281 Bass Road
  • Suite 202
  • Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • Imaging Available:
  • CT, Dexa, EKG, Mammogram Screening - Digital, MRI, MRI Cardiac, MRI/Arthrogram, Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Stress Test, Ultrasound
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm
Outpatient Pediatric Center
  • Phone: 239-343-7247
  • Fax: 239-343-5197