We found 7 nuclear medicine providers who accept Humana Platinum near Austin, TX.

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Dr. Vu Dinh Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 400
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Vu Nguyen, who practices in Austin, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. Dr. Nguyen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Vietnamese and German. He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nguyen's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Caitlin McAneny Giesler, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
7900 Fm 1826, Southwest Health Plaza 1; Suite 170
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Caitlin Giesler works as an adult cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. Her areas of expertise consist of preventive cardiology, echocardiogram (echo), and stress testing. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. Dr. Giesler's education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Giesler is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Women's Heart Disease, Consultation, Stress Testing, Preventive Cardiology, Echocardiogram

Dr. Tuan Dinh Nguyen, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1301 W 38th Street; Suite 400
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Tuan Nguyen practices adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. His areas of expertise include heart valve disease, stress testing, and cardiac imaging. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. Dr. Nguyen is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He has an open panel. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen speaks Vietnamese.

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Clinical interests: Stress Testing, Heart Valve Disease, Cardiac Imaging

Dr. Norman E Risinger Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
2559 Western Trails Boulevard; Suite 200
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Norman Risinger practices adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Risinger honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Central Texas Medical Center.

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Dr. Eric James Frischhertz, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
4207 James Casey Street; Suite 317
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Eric Frischhertz's specialties are adult cardiology and nuclear medicine. Dr. Frischhertz's clinical interests include heart problems, vascular imaging, and echocardiogram (echo). He is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, TriWest, and more. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Vascular Imaging, Heart Problems, Consultation, Stress Testing, Echocardiogram, Pacemaker

Dr. Vinh Dinh Nguyen, DO
Specializes in Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiology
4316 James Casey Street; Building A
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Vinh Nguyen is a specialist in nuclear cardiology and cardiology (heart disease). He works in Austin, TX. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Nguyen honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Thomas Charles Baldacchino, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
4207 James Casey; Suite 215
Austin, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Baldacchino is an adult cardiologist and nuclear medicine specialist in Austin, TX and Lakeway, TX. He attended medical school at Sapienza University of Rome. Dr. Baldacchino's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and 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.
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