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Nuclear medicine involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials (or tracers) to help diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Nuclear medicine determines the cause of the medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue or bone. This is how nuclear medicine differs from an X-ray, ultrasound or any other diagnostic test that determines the presence of disease based on structural appearance.
An enhanced form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss or density.
Cardiac PET perfusion
An evaluation of the blood flow (perfusion) to the walls of your heart using a high resolution PET scanner. Usually performed using a cardiac stress test.
Cardiac PET sarcoid
Similar to Cardiac PET Viability except with different eating instructions prior to the exam. An evaluation of the functional status of the heart (viability) and whether the heart has suffered permanent damage from sarcoidosis.
Combined PET/CT scans provide images that pinpoint the location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body. The combined scans have been shown to provide more accurate diagnoses than the two scans performed separately.
Call us to schedule an appointment at our nuclear medicine and molecular imaging location. Our PET/CT, Cardiac PET, and nuclear imaging is available from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Same-day appointments are also available.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Read the Patient Exam Preparation for a list of what to bring to your examination. Call us if you have questions about your exam preparation.
Bring your driver's license or some form of identification, your insurance card, and the name and telephone number of your referring doctor.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
If this is your first time referring a patient to Stanford for imaging, please complete the Unknown Provider Form (PDF) for the Medical Staff Office provider database.
What you need to know about patients with Medicare Part B and Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, effective January 1, 2022.
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, established the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program to increase use of AUC for advanced diagnostic imaging services (CT, MRI, PET, Nuclear Medicine) for Medicare Part B recipients.
Effective January 1st, 2022 providers must consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) through a qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (qCDSM) when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services.
The purpose is to enable providers to order the most appropriate tests for patients while minimizing unnecessary radiation, intravenous contrast exposure, and potential risks of invasive procedures.
PRISM - Send and manage radiology orders online. Portal to include Medicare (CMS) mandate support features, such as:
*Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (qCDSM) when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services.
*Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) - notification that services are likely not covered by Medicare.