"How can it be explained that after a full battery of testing over several weeks, when an issue was identified via a stress test, that intervention was required and spending about 5 minutes on the cath table, was informed, never mind, nothing needs to be done...then four months later, I have a heart attack that reveled the need for a complex stent...thank the lord for Grossmont Hospital and Dr. Azimi...perhaps the procedure was too difficult for keven or maybe he was late for happy hour...this man barely speaks during office visit...at one point I had to ask whether I had heart failure when it was obvious...in the past, after requesting to have my legs checked, I was told to wait for the next appointment...seems Dr Sun had friends waiting...shortly thereafter, I developed a serious foot ulcer on the inner part of my left heal that took six months to heal...this issue required two surgeries and two leg angioplasty procedures...the first procedure by keven addressed the veins on the outer side of my leg and foot...the troubled was that the veins on the inner leg were the known issue preventing blood flow...in the end, Dr Cook was able to address the issue via a second procedure, which was located in a previous bypass behind the knee...keven could not handle the challenge...my suggestion is to run as fast as you can fro this inept, incapable, moron...keven will be hearing more soon..."
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.