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

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

Dr. Nellis Smith specializes in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Patients rated Dr. Smith highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems and nuclear scan. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a graduate of Stanford University Medical Center's residency program.

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

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

Dr. Michael Ruder is a cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist in East Palo Alto, CA, San Carlos, CA, and Redwood City, CA. Dr. Ruder graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ruder trained at Maricopa Medical Center. He has a special interest in heart problems and nuclear scan. Dr. Ruder accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. He has a special interest in nuclear scan. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Costouros honors. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Costouros trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Costouros speaks Greek. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group.

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Clinical interests: Nuclear Scan

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

Dr. Andrei Iagaru, who practices in Stanford, CA, is a medical specialist in nuclear medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy for medical school, Dr. Iagaru completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Iagaru is professionally affiliated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).

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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 honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).

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

Dr. Andrew Quon works as a diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 his residency.

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

Dr. Leonard Valentino is a specialist in nuclear medicine. He works in Redwood City, CA. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Valentino is an in-network provider for 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.
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