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:


Locations

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.

760-633-6528


Scripps Green Hospital

Nuclear breast imaging available.

858-554-7844


Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Nuclear breast imaging available.

858-626-6800


Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego

Nuclear breast imaging available.

619-862-6500


Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista

Nuclear breast imaging available.

619-862-6500


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.

858-626-4123


Scripps Clinic imaging locations


Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines

858-554-7844


Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

858-554-3300