Nuclear Imaging

Geary Community Hospital provides nuclear imaging and medicine through the Rago Radiology department and under the supervision of Chief Radiologist J. Patrick Landes, DO. By using radioactive materials to “photograph” body organs, Dr. Landes and the nuclear medicine team is able to safely and effectively determine if an organ under study is functioning properly. Many of the bodies main organs are able to be studied with this form of imaging, such as the heart, brain, thyroid, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Geary Community Hospital is able to offer Nuclear Medicine and Imaging through the use of three different machines; the Single Head Nuclear Medicine Camera, Dual Head Nuclear Medicine Camera, and Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera.

The Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera is used in the early detection of breast cancer for the Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging procedure, as previously discussed on page two. The Single and Dual Head Nuclear Medicine Cameras are used for a series of different studies, some of which are listed below.

  • Heart Studies
  • Bone Studies
  • Liver Studies
  • Lung Studies
  • White Blood Cell Labeling
  • Thyroid Scans or Uptakes
  • Gallbladder Studies
  • Renal Studies

By using one of these cameras and a radioactive isotope that is injected into a patient, the nuclear imaging team is able to see increased activity of cellular function, or an abnormality in the function of one of the body’s organs. Although the Single and Dual Head Medicine Cameras perform the same functions, the Dual Head Camera is able to perform imaging procedures faster and with a higher accuracy because it is using two cameras instead of one. Pending on the study that is taking place, either your radiologist or cardiologist will read you the results. However, test procedures are performed by one of the individuals in the nuclear imaging department, Director Les Pappen, RT, CNMT, and Thomas Einck, CNMT.

Nuclear medicine and imaging is described by the Society of Nuclear Medicine as the combination of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine by using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Though there are many different diagnostic techniques currently available, nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. This ability is what separates it from more traditional forms of diagnostic imaging, such as x-ray. Procedures that involve nuclear medicine are safe for patients and for the most part involve no discomfort.

Nuclear medicine and imaging aids in the diagnosis and treatment of patients all through out the United States. Many of the nuclear imaging tests that are performed, are used as an additional test to previously ran x-rays, sonograms, ultrasounds, etc. They are safe, effective, and painless procedures. There are over 100 different types of nuclear imaging procedures, all to aid in diagnosing major diseases. The following are just a few of the diseases that nuclear imaging is able to help diagnose and evaluate for treatment.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac Bypass Surgery Coronary Artery Disease
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Seizure Disorders

For questions or more information about the nuclear medicine and imaging department and procedures, contact Director Les Pappen, RT, CNMT, or Thomas Einck, CNMT at 785-762-5140 ext 4142.