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Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith's specialties are adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. Dr. Smith's areas of expertise consist of heart problems and nuclear scan. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Smith completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Loop Recorder, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bruce Allan Benedick, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Bruce Benedick's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology; he sees patients in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. These areas are among Dr. Benedick's clinical interests: heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He studied medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Benedick is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Holistic Approaches, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Stress Echo, Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Allen Ruder, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Michael Ruder is a cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and nuclear scan. Dr. Ruder's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Maricopa Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Nick G Costouros, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Nick Costouros specializes in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology and practices in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Costouros's clinical interests include nuclear scan. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Costouros is conversant in Greek. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

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What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine is specialized medical care that uses tiny amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat disease. Most commonly, the radioactive material is used to produce images of the inside of the body.

When nuclear medicine is used for imaging, tiny amounts of radioactive material are mixed into medicine that is injected, swallowed or inhaled. These medications are called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers. The medication goes to the part of the body that is being examined, where it emits a kind of invisible energy called gamma waves. Special cameras can take photographs or video of those gamma waves, so they also take an image of the body part where the medication is. Videos can show how the medicine is being processed by the body.

What makes nuclear medicine so useful is that it is extremely accurate. The images taken with nuclear medicine are incredibly precise, providing images down to the molecular level, so they can show disease at its earliest stages. Nuclear medicine can also show the function of body parts instead of just their structure: it can be used to see how well a heart is beating or how much oxygen lungs are holding. It is a way for doctors to see inside the body without the risks of surgery.

The word “radioactive” can make some patients uneasy, but nuclear medicine is very safe. The amount of radiation used is very small, less than a person usually receives from simply standing outside during a normal year. It has been used successfully for more than sixty years, and is painless.

Sometimes nuclear medicine can be used not just to diagnose disease, but also to treat it. Hyperthyroidism is sometimes treated with radioactive iodine, and certain cancers are sometimes treated with targeted radiation or radioactive medications.

Nuclear medicine provides an enormous amount of information that is not available any other way. It helps patients avoid exploratory surgeries or unnecessary treatments, and it helps physicians quickly decide on the best care.
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