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

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

Dr. John Reitano's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology; he sees patients in East Setauket, NY and East Satauket, NY. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Reitano attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Reitano include stress echo, myocarditis, and atherosclerosis. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Reitano's distinctions 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. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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)

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

Dr. Mitchell Saunders 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 accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received distinctions including 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 professionally 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)

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

Dr. Robert Matthews is a medical specialist in nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology. Dr. Matthews (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic. He has indicated that his clinical interests include nuclear scan and PET scan. Dr. Matthews graduated from Catholic University of Cordoba Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: PET Scan, Imaging Procedures, Nuclear Scan

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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 medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Skopicki's areas of expertise include the following: advanced heart failure, heart transplant, and myocarditis. He is an in-network provider for Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Skopicki (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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

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

Dr. Dinko Franceschi is a nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology specialist in Stony Brook, NY. In his practice, Dr. Franceschi focuses on nuclear scan and PET scan. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Viant, and more.

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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.