We found 5 nuclear medicine providers who accept Great-West Healthcare near Stony Brook, NY.

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Dr. John Michael Reitano, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
220 Belle Meade Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. John Reitano is an adult cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Reitano include stress echo, myocarditis, and atherosclerosis. He accepts Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reitano is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Reitano has received include Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease; Diplomate, Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology; and Suffolk County Chapter of the American Heart Association (AHA): Distinguished Service Award. He is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Myocarditis, Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hemochromatosis, Stress Echo, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Mitchell Alan Saunders, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
220 Belle Mead Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Mitchell Saunders, who practices in East Setauket, NY, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saunders include heart failure, heart valve disease, and angina. He is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received the following distinctions: Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease; Diplomate, Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography; and Diplomate, Certification Board Council of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Saunders is affiliated with St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) and Stony Brook University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Heart Valve Disease, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart Attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Matthews, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Radiology
3 Edmun D. Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Robert Matthews is a physician who specializes in nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology. His areas of expertise consist of nuclear scan and PET scan. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Matthews attended Catholic University of Cordoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Matthews (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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Clinical interests: PET Scan, Imaging Procedures, Nuclear Scan

Dr. Hal Andrew Skopicki, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; Level 5 Heart Center
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Hal Skopicki is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Skopicki include advanced heart failure, heart transplant, and myocarditis. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Skopicki completed his residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Skopicki (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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Clinical interests: Myocarditis, Clinical Trials, Cardiomyopathy, Research, Sarcoidosis, Hemochromatosis, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Dinko Franceschi, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Radiology
University Hospital; L4
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Dinko Franceschi's specialties are nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology. He practices in Stony Brook, NY. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Franceschi include nuclear scan and PET scan. After completing medical school at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Franceschi takes.

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Clinical interests: PET Scan, Imaging Procedures, Nuclear Scan

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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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