Manatee Memorial Hospital uses the advanced technology of nuclear medicine imaging to obtain detailed images of the body and help identify disorders and disease. Nuclear medicine offers unique diagnostic information about the function of many organs in the body and is a way to gather medical information that may otherwise be unavailable, require surgery or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures can often identify abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease, long before some medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests. This early detection allows a disease to be treated early in its course when there may be a more successful prognosis.
As an integral part of patient care, nuclear medicine is used in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of serious disease. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease — long before some medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests. This early detection allows a disease to be treated early in its course when there may be a more successful prognosis.
Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials or radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat disease. Radiopharmaceuticals are substances that are attracted to specific organs, bones or tissues. The radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine emit gamma rays that can be detected externally by special types of cameras: gamma or PET cameras. These cameras work in conjunction with computers used to form images that provide data and information about the area of body being imaged. The amount of radiation from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to that received during a diagnostic X-ray.
Today, nuclear medicine offers procedures that are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties, from pediatrics to cardiology to psychiatry. There are nearly 100 different nuclear medicine imaging procedures available and every major organ system can be imaged by nuclear medicine.
Manatee Memorial Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest organization of radiologists in the nation, in several imaging categories.
- Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
- Breast Ultrasound
- Computed Tomography
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™
Manatee Memorial has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care.
Lung Cancer Screening Center
Manatee Memorial has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
General Radiology Improvement Database™
Manatee Memorial is a participant in the ACR's General Radiology Improvement Database (GRID). GRID collects process and outcome measures for the general practice of radiology and compares the results to similar facilities to help facilities establish benchmarks for quality improvement.
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