Nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography are unique offerings of our radiology department. We are one of a limited number of facilities with the ability to perform nuclear medicine and PET studies for animals. Unlike radiographs, CT scans or MRI scans that show changes in anatomy, nuclear medicine allows us to view physiological changes in the body. Common tests our staff performs are bone scans, thyroid scans, glucose PET scans and a variety of therapeutic radioactive injections for treatment of and pain relief from cancer.
To perform a nuclear medicine test, your pet is injected with a specific amount of a radioactive drug (radiopharmaceutical) designed to target the area of interest. A gamma camera or PET scanner is used to generate an image from the radiopharmaceutical inside your animal to tell doctors about the function of that tissue. We then use this information to help in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease process.