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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. Dr. Reitano is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU). Clinical interests for Dr. Reitano include stress echo, myocarditis, and atherosclerosis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. He has received the following distinctions: 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. Dr. Reitano 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)

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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 specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology and practices in East Setauket, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Saunders include heart failure, heart valve disease, and angina. He takes Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. Dr. Saunders graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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's professional affiliations include 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. Areas of expertise for Dr. Matthews include nuclear scan and PET scan. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matthews takes. He is a graduate of Catholic University of Cordoba Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Matthews (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Hebrew, and Arabic.

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Clinical interests: PET Scan, Imaging Procedures, Nuclear Scan

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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 radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist. Dr. Franceschi has a special interest in nuclear scan and PET scan. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

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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 practices adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology in Islandia, NY, Stony Brook, NY, and Hauppauge, NY. Dr. Skopicki is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: advanced heart failure, heart transplant, and myocarditis. He accepts Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. He studied medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Skopicki (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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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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.