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What is radionuclide scanning?

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Also called nuclear scanning, radionuclide scanning is a test in which the patient either swallows, inhales, or is injected with a small amount of radioactive material. A special camera is used to detect the radioactivity, producing images of organs and areas of the body that can't be seen well with standard X-rays. Many abnormal tissue growths, or tumors, are particularly visible using radionuclide scanning.

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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