- Molecular imaging / Nuclear Medicine are a type of medical imaging that provides detailed pictures of what is happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular level.
- These studies are noninvasive, safe and painless and are used to diagnose and manage the treatment of cancer, heart disease, brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, gastrointestinal disorders, lung disorders, bone disorders, kidney and thyroid disorders, and more.
- Molecular imaging includes the field Nuclear Medicine, which uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease.
Molecular imaging offers unique insights into the human body, Molecular/ Nuclear Medicine imaging is able to:
- Provide information that is unattainable with otherimaging technologies or that would require more invasive procedures such as biopsy or surgery.
- Identify disease in its earliest stages and determine the exact location of tumor, often before symptoms occur or abnormalities can be detected with other diagnostic tests.
- Select the most effective therapy based on the unique biologic characteristics of the patient and the molecular properties of a tumor or other disease.
- Adapt treatment plans quickly in response to changes in cellular activity.
- Assess disease progression.
- Identify recurrence of disease and help manage ongoing care.