We found 5 nuclear medicine providers who accept Independence Blue Cross near Moorestown, NJ.

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Dr. Maria Diane Duca, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
401 Young Avenue; Suite 275
Moorestown, NJ
 

Dr. Maria Duca specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. In her practice, Dr. Duca focuses on heart problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems

Dr. Samuel Mark Ventrella, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
401 Young Avenue; Suite 275
Moorestown, NJ
 

Dr. Samuel Ventrella is a specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. His areas of expertise include heart problems. Dr. Ventrella accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. He attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at North Shore University Hospital for residency. He is affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems

Dr. Anthony George Sauerwein, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
401 Young Avenue; Suite 275
Moorestown, NJ
 

Dr. Anthony Sauerwein, who practices in Moorestown, NJ, Medford, NJ, and Columbus, NJ, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. His areas of expertise include heart problems and general care. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sauerwein accepts. He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Sauerwein trained at Cooper University Hospital for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, General Care

Dr. Thomas Michael Galski, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
401 Young Avenue
Moorestown, NJ
 

Dr. Thomas Galski, who practices in Mount Laurel, NJ, Medford, NJ, and Columbus, NJ, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Galski include heart problems. Dr. Galski is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
401 Young Avenue; Suite 275
Moorestown, NJ
 

Dr. Jeffrey Namey specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart problems. Dr. Namey is professionally affiliated with Virtua Memorial. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Namey attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Namey trained at Jefferson University Hospitals.

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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.