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We found 7 nuclear medicine providers who accept Blue Shield PPO near Redwood City, CA.

Dr. Nellis Allan Smith, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Nellis Smith's medical specialty is adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Smith has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart problems and nuclear scan. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center.

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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 is a Palo Alto, CA physician who specializes in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Costouros has a special interest in nuclear scan. He honors several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. He speaks Greek. Dr. Costouros's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

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Clinical interests: Nuclear Scan

Dr. Michael Allen Ruder, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2900 Whipple Avenue; Suite 205
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Michael Ruder works as a cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. His areas of expertise include the following: heart problems and nuclear scan. Dr. Ruder accepts Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, United Healthcare EPO, and more. He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Ruder's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Andrei Horia Iagaru, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive; Room H-0101
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Andrei Iagaru is a medical specialist in nuclear medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. After completing medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Dr. Iagaru performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He is conversant in French.

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Dr. Erik Supratik Mittra, MD, PhD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive; Room H0101
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Erik Mittra's specialty is nuclear medicine. Dr. Mittra's professional affiliations include Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). He attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. He trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Mittra honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Quon is a specialist in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. Dr. Quon graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. His hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
77 Birch Street; Suite A
Redwood City, CA
 

Dr. Leonard Valentino is a nuclear medicine specialist. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan insurance.

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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.