Broward P.E.T. Imaging Center
4850 W Oakland Park Blvd
Suite 1A
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313


Phone: 954.735.6330

Fax: 954.739.1924



Monday - Friday

8 am - 5 pm




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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that is used to diagnose and treat diseases in a safe and painless way. It is called nuclear medicine because it refers to medicine (a pharmaceutical) that is attached to a small amount of a radioactive substance (a radioisotope). The radiopharmaceutical, together with special imaging technology, enables doctors to determine the cause of a medical problem based on the structure and function, not just the anatomy of organs, tissues and bones.


Nuclear diagnostic procedures help doctors gather specific medical information about a patient that might otherwise be unavailable, require surgery or possibly require invasive and expensive diagnostic tests. The benefit of identifying abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease makes nuclear medicine an invaluable tool in the diagnostic process.


Nuclear medicine can be used to detect and evaluate a number of disorders including tumors, irregular or inadequate blood flow, and inadequate functioning of organs like the thyroid, heart, lungs, gallbladder, liver and kidneys.


How do I prepare?


Biliary Scan

Nothing to eat of drink after midnight.


Bone Scan

You will need to drink two quarts of liquid after injection and return in three hours.  Please empty bladder frequently.


Thyroid Scan (Not Thyroid Ultrasound)

May need to be off medications, call ordering physician.


Bring with you to your appointment:

  • Any/all prior films related to your appointment
  • Current insurance card


Please arrive 30 miuntes prior to your scheduled appointment - unless otherwise instructed



What happens during the test?


Any metal near the area being scanned must be removed including jewelry, eyeglasses, belt buckles and any clothing with metal zippers or buttons. Metal interferes with the quality and accuracy of the images captured during the scan. You may be asked to change into a gown.


For most exams, the radiopharmaceutical will be administered through an I.V. Some exams require it to be taken orally. The radiotracer must circulate through your body for a certain amount of time, depending on the type of study. This can take anywhere from half an hour to several hours. The radiopharmaceutical is absorbed by both normal and abnormal tissue, according to their metabolic rate.


You will then be brought into the exam room and asked to lie down on the scanning table. A specialized nuclear medicine camera will slowly move over the area of your body being studied and will never touch you. Be sure to remain as still as possible to ensure the best possible images. Depending on the specific study, your scan may take from 30 minutes up to two hours.


Once all of the images have been recorded, the nuclear camera will move away and the technologist will return to assist you off the table.


Increase your fluid intake for the next 24 hours to help flush the radiopharmaceutical out of your system. Depending on the type of exam, you may be required to stop breast feeding or limit your contact with pregnant women and small children.


What happens after the test?


One of our board certified nuclear medicine physicians and/or radiologists interprets your images, compares them to any previous studies and dictates a report which is transcribed, proofread and signed. The report is then faxed and mailed to your referring doctor within one or two days. Your doctor will read the report and review the findings with you.


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