Nuclear Medicine Services
Nuclear medicine services through Dr. P. Phillips Hospital uses state-of-the-art nuclear medicine technology to identify abnormalities long before other diagnostic tests reveal any problems. Same-day appointments may be available, saving patients time and allowing for quicker initial diagnoses.
SPECT/CT cameras utilizing Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) combined with a CT scanner allow our trained staff to accurately diagnose disease in the area of the body in question. This staff includes Nuclear Medicine Technologists each averaging more than 12 years of experience as well as four American Board of Nuclear Medicine certified physicians, the most in Central Florida. All of them are committed to providing your patients with the life-saving diagnosis they may need.
Specific nuclear medicine outpatient services through Dr. Phillips Hospital include:
- SPECT/CT Prostascint imaging, combining your CT and Prostascint scan in one imaging session
- Bone Scans for Oncologic and Orthopedic Indications Including Bone SPECT/CT
- Infection Imaging with WBCs, Gallium and Dual Bone/WBC Methodology , including SPECT/CT
- Octreoscan and MIBG Scans with SPECT/CT
- HIDA Scans with CCK Augmentation
- Gastric Emptying Scans
- Liver/Spleen Scans
- Renal Scans with Lasix or Captopril
- Thyroid and Parathyroid Scans
- MUGA Scans
With a dedicated team of nuclear medicine experts and advanced diagnosis and treatment tools, outpatient nuclear medicine services through Dr. Phillips Hospital give patients every opportunity to live happier, healthier lives.
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Dr. P. Phillips Hospital offers state-of-the-art nuclear medicine technology. Images are obtained using a Nuclear Medicine Gamma Camera, which creates an image of the distribution of a radioactive pharmaceutical agent in the organ of interest.
The gamma camera is a dual-headed, variable angle diagnostic instrument. Utilization involves injecting the patient with a pharmaceutical agent labeled with a small amount of radioactive material. The pharmaceutical is selected on the basis of the specific organ or tissue to be evaluated (such as heart, lungs, bone, kidney, liver, gall bladder function, thyroid and brain). The radioisotopes used are very safe and procedures can be done easily as an outpatient. Nuclear stress/treadmill imaging procedures are available in our state-of-the-art stress lab.
Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT)
The system detects single photons (energy emitted by the radioactive substance in the body) by rotating detectors around the body and recording events at each detector location. A computer is used to create a three-dimensional image (or tomogram) of the radioactivity detected. The images produced are of the highest quality and assist in providing a more accurate diagnosis to the ordering physician.
This is a hybrid technology that combines a conventional dual-headed SPECT camera with a CT scanner to improve the quality of images through a method of attenuation correction. It also allows for anatomical reference when interpreting the images along with the ability to eliminate a separate imaging session by acquiring a diagnostic CT along with the nuclear medicine image in a single session.
Nuclear Medicine is located on the second floor of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. Services are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you would like to make an appointment or would like to contact us, please call 321.841.5274.
American College of Radiology
The Nuclear Medicine Department at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital was awarded a 3-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine as a result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This accreditation is the most established and widely proven for imaging modalities. The ACR evaluates the qualifications of personnel, equipment, image quality, quality control measures and quality assurance programs. Upon successful review, the site is awarded the ACR gold seal of accreditation that indicates that the facility meets the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts. Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Nuclear Medicine is the only department within the organization and now 1 of only 7 facilities in Orlando that was awarded this distinction. It is also the only facility in the city to hold accreditation in all three Nuclear Medicine modules: Planar, SPECT, and Nuclear Cardiology.This accreditation signifies to our community that our department provides a service that meets the highest standards of quality in the imaging profession.