Nuclear Medicine

The Nuclear Medicine Division offers a full range of diagnostic studies and therapeutic procedures. Small tracer amounts of radioactive materials are used to obtain detailed information regarding anatomic (the structure of the body) and physiologic function (the normal functional state of the body). Through these studies, staff can produce images of all the body’s major organ systems (heart, lungs, kidneys, skeleton, liver, bowel, brain ). We accommodate emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to diagnostic imaging, we use nuclear medicine techniques and procedures to treat thyroid conditions, bone marrow disorders, and joint diseases, and offer palliation of bone pain for patients with metastatic cancer.

The ability to dynamically image physiologic processes makes Nuclear Medicine unique among diagnostic imaging techniques. Radiolabeled molecules and peptides are targeted to demonstrate specific tissues and disease processes, leading to the description of nuclear medicine as molecular imaging.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center has state of the art nuclear medicine imaging equipment, including the newest generation of PET/CT scanner, which has revolutionized the imaging of patients with cancer.  Our newest modality, SPECT/CT, combines high spatial resolution anatomical imaging with the physiological information acquired by scintigraphic crystals with standard radioisotopes.

Five subspecialty trained nuclear medicine physicians staff the Nuclear Medicine Division, along with ten subspecialty trained nuclear medicine technologists. A subspecialist in pediatric nuclear medicine (one of only two in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) supervises pediatric nuclear medicine studies.