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

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

Dr. Leo Kassabian's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kassabian accepts. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kassabian trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Kassabian is affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Mark Rockoff is a nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology specialist. He is affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Rockoff welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.

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

Dr. Sunil Rangappa is a cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. Dr. Rangappa accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. He studied medicine at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. He is professionally affiliated with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
15243 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Purnima Shah is a specialist in nuclear medicine. She works in Van Nuys, CA. She graduated from the University of Mumbai and Grant Medical College. Dr. Shah's training includes a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
15243 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA
 

Dr. Nathan Green sees patients in Van Nuys, CA. His medical specialty is nuclear medicine. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Green takes.

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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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