We found 5 nuclear medicine providers who accept Blue Shield HMO near Van Nuys, CA.

Dr. Leo Kassabian, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
15243 Vanowen Street; Suite 301
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Leo Kassabian is an adult cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist in Encino, CA and Van Nuys, CA. His professional affiliations include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kassabian is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Kassabian attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Kassabian has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology
18321 Clark Street
Reseda, CA
 

Dr. Mark Rockoff's areas of specialization are nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology. Dr. Rockoff honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
15243 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Purnima Shah is a specialist in nuclear medicine. Dr. Shah is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Beaumont Hospitals.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
10515 Balboa Boulevard; Suite 290
Granada Hills, CA
 

Dr. Sunil Rangappa practices adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology in Los Angeles, CA and Granada Hills, CA. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Rangappa attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. He is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rangappa's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
15243 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Nathan Green's specialty is nuclear medicine. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Green is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen 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.