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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 works as an adult cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and nuclear cardiology specialist in Tampa, FL. In his practice, he is particularly interested in hypertension (high blood pressure). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mendoza is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency training at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Mendoza speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Hypertension

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

Dr. Hemant Chheda specializes in radiology (X-ray and medical imaging) and nuclear medicine. After attending Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga for medical school, he completed his residency training at Summa Akron City Hospital. He accepts United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and CorVel, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chheda is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Marc Stauffer's areas of specialization are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. After attending Ross University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with West Virginia University. Dr. Stauffer's areas of expertise include angioplasty and general care. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Stauffer speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, St. Joseph Children's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Clinical interests: Aortic Disease, Angioplasty, General Care

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's medical specialty is nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Espino-Maya's education and training includes medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Espino-Maya welcomes 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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