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We found 3 nuclear medicine providers who accept Silver Navigate 2000 near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Hemant Dungarsey Chheda MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Radiology (X-Ray and Medical Imaging)
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
(813) 251-5822; (813) 974-2201

Dr. Hemant Chheda's areas of specialization are radiology (X-ray and medical imaging) and nuclear medicine; he sees patients in Tampa, FL. 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. Dr. Chheda accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and CorVel. His professional affiliations include Tampa Community Hospital and the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Marc Robert Stauffer MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2919 W Swann Avenue; Suite 102
Tampa, FL
(813) 870-3971

Dr. Marc Stauffer's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Stauffer's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Querubin Polocarpio (Policarpio) Mendoza MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
5101 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
(813) 248-2700

Dr. Querubin Mendoza works as a cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and nuclear cardiology specialist. He speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mendoza include hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Mendoza's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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.