Nuclear Medicine

Metabolic imaging

Nuclear medicine technologies specialize in the imaging of an organ’s metabolic functions. This facilitates diagnosis of certain diseases, as well as identifying various medical conditions.

During nuclear medicine procedures, an intravenous catheter is inserted into the arm or hand vein, through which a radioactive tracer is injected. A gamma camera photographs the organ and the resulting film shows normal absorption or dark and light spots, relative to how the organ is functioning.

Nuclear medicine can localize cancer in the bone, identify blood clots in the lungs, and scan the kidney, gallbladder, brain and other organs for similar abnormalities.

Some current procedures include:


Scripps Health offers nuclear medicine services at the following locations in San Diego County:

Hospital campus imaging locations

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Nuclear breast imaging available.


Scripps Green Hospital

Nuclear breast imaging available.


Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Nuclear breast imaging available.


Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

Nuclear breast imaging available.


Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista

Nuclear breast imaging available.


Specialty imaging locations

Scripps Polster Breast Care Center

Located on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, this location offers nuclear breast imaging only.


Scripps Clinic imaging locations

Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines


Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine