We found 5 nuclear medicine providers who accept MO HealthNet near Kansas City, MO.

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Dr. James H OKeefe Jr., MD
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiology
4330 Wornall Road; Suite 2000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. James O'Keefe is a cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. Dr. O'Keefe's hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for his residency. He takes Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Keefe has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Dr. Arthur Iain McGhie, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiology
4330 Wornall Road, Medical Plaza 2; Suite 2000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Arthur McGhie's specialties are nuclear cardiology and cardiology (heart disease). He practices in Kansas City, MO. He is professionally affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center. Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McGhie takes. Dr. McGhie is a graduate of the University of Glasgow School of Medicine. Dr. McGhie has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems

Dr. Kevin A Bybee, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiology
4330 Wornall Road; Suite 2000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Kevin Bybee works as a cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. Dr. Bybee studied medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems

Dr. Randall C Thompson, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiology
4330 Wornall Road; Suite 2000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Randall Thompson is a medical specialist in nuclear cardiology and cardiology (heart disease). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thompson is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. He has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems

Dr. Timothy M Bateman, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiology
4330 Wornall Road; Suite 2000
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Timothy Bateman's medical specialty is nuclear cardiology and cardiology (heart disease). Dr. Bateman is affiliated with Anderson County Hospital, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Hedrick Medical Center. He attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Manitoba for residency. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coventry, TRICARE, Aetna Elect Choice, and more. Dr. Bateman has received the following distinction: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems

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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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