We found 4 nuclear medicine providers who accept Silver Navigate 2000 near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Hemant Dungarsey Chheda, MD
Specializes in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL

Dr. Hemant Chheda is a specialist in radiology (X-ray and medical imaging) and nuclear medicine. Dr. Chheda accepts United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, CorVel, and more. Before performing his residency at Summa Akron City Hospital, Dr. Chheda attended Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, and Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga for medical school. His professional affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Querubin Policarpio Mendoza, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
5101 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL

Dr. Querubin Mendoza is a medical specialist in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hypertension (high blood pressure). He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mendoza accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mendoza's education and training includes medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hypertension

Dr. Marc Robert Stauffer, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL

Dr. Marc Stauffer's specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He practices in Tampa, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Stauffer average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Stauffer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Stauffer's professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Marilin Francisca Espino-Maya, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33613
Tampa, FL

Dr. Marilin Espino-Maya is a nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology specialist. Dr. Espino-Maya is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Espino-Maya attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She is accepting new patients.

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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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