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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 is a medical specialist in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Smith completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Smith include heart problems and nuclear scan. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Smith's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Implantable Loop Recorder, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (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 physician who specializes in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology. In Dr. Costouros's practice, he is particularly interested in nuclear scan. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Costouros attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. His professional 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 is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Ruder's areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and nuclear scan. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Ruder's 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: 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 specializes in nuclear medicine and practices in Stanford, CA. He graduated from Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy. His residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Iagaru is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, Health Net, and more. 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 specializes in nuclear medicine and practices in Stanford, CA. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mittra completed a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. His hospital/clinic 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 in Palo Alto, CA and Stanford, CA. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Quon is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with 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 Redwood City, CA physician who specializes in nuclear medicine. Dr. Valentino is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan insurance. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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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.