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Nellis Allan Smith MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
Average rating 4.16 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Nellis Smith specializes in adult cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Smith attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and nuclear scan. Dr. Smith's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Smith's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Nuclear Scan

Bruce Allan Benedick MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Bruce Benedick is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology specialist in East Palo Alto, CA and Redwood City, CA. These areas are among Dr. Benedick's clinical interests: heart problems, nuclear scan, and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Benedick trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Nuclear Scan, Cardiac Catheterization, Transesophageal Echocardiography

Michael Allen Ruder MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1950 University Avenue; Suite 160
E Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Michael Ruder specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology and practices in East Palo Alto, CA, Redwood City, CA, and San Carlos, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart problems and nuclear scan. Dr. Ruder is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. After attending the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Maricopa Medical Center. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Ruder has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Nuclear Scan

Nick G Costouros MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Nick Costouros is a diagnostic radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Costouros speaks Greek. His areas of expertise consist of nuclear scan and PET scan. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Costouros accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE.

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Clinical interests: PET Scan, 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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