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We found 2 nuclear medicine providers who accept Humana Gold HMO near Chicago, IL.

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Kim Allan Williams Sr MD
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Adult Cardiology
1725 W Harrison St :; Suite 1159
Chicago, IL
(312) 942-5020; (312) 942-2998

Dr. Kim Williams is an adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology specialist in Chicago, IL and Oak Park, IL. Dr. Williams is professionally affiliated with Rush Oak Park Hospital. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. He has received the following distinction: Detroit Super Doctors.

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Patricia Vassallo MD
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiology (Heart Disease)
675 North Saint Clair; Galter 19-100
Chicago, IL
(312) 926-3627; (312) 664-3278

Dr. Patricia Vassallo is a specialist in nuclear cardiology and cardiology (heart disease). Dr. Vassallo's clinical interests include heart valve disease, preventive cardiology, and cholesterol problems (lipid disorders). Her professional affiliations include Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Vassallo's medical residency was performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Coronary Artery Disease, Echocardiography, Lipid Disorders, Preventive Cardiology, Valvular Heart ... (Read more)


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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.