Medical Tests: Radionuclide scanning


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Description: In radionuclide scanning, the patient swallows or receives an injection of a radioactive substance. A machine (scanner) measures radioactivity levels in certain organs and prints a picture on paper or film. The doctor can detect abnormal areas by looking at the amount of radioactivity in the organs. The radioactive substance is quickly eliminated by the patient's body after the test is done.1


Condition count: 13; see list of conditions below.
Test types: Imaging (201)
Tests: all tests

Conditions list: The following list of conditions have 'Radionuclide scanning' or similar listed as a test in our database:

C

  • Cancer ... radionuclide scanning
  • Colitis ... barium x-ray
  • Constipation ... Barium enema x-ray

    D

  • Diabetic Gastroparesis ... Barium x-ray, Barium beefsteak meal, Radioisotope gastric-emptying scan

    E

  • Ewing's sarcoma ... radionuclide scan

    G

  • Gastroparesis ... Barium x-ray, Barium beefsteak meal, Radioisotope gastric-emptying scan

    H

  • Heart attack ... Nuclear scan
  • Heart disease ... nuclear scan
  • Hirschsprung's disease ... Barium enema x-ray

    L

  • Lung cancer ... Radionuclide scanning

    T

  • Thyroid cancer ... Radionuclide scanning, diagnostic I-131 whole body scan

    U

  • Ulcerative colitis ... barium enema x-ray
  • Urinary tract infections (child) ... Nuclear scans



    Footnotes:
    1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer - An Overview: NCI

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