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How can radionuclide scanning help diagnose diseases of the digestive system?

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Radionuclide scanning shows the structure of an organ and allows the doctor to see how well the organ is working. A diseased or poorly working organ will appear differently on the scan than will a healthy organ.

The information from this test is valuable in diagnosing many diseases, including cancer. Because this test shows internal areas that are not visible on standard X-rays, radionuclide scanning can also help identify problems very early in the progression of a disease.

From: Imaging Tests for Digestive Diseases WebMD Medical Reference

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Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Clearinghouse (part of National Institutes of Health).

Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES: 

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Clearinghouse (part of National Institutes of Health).

Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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