We found 5 nuclear medicine providers who accept Humana Premier near Baton Rouge, LA.

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Dr. Salvador Salvador Velazquez, MD
Specializes in Other, Nuclear Cardiology
9001 Summa Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA
 

Dr. Salvador Velazquez sees patients in Baton Rouge, LA and Central, LA. His medical specialty is nuclear cardiology. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Velazquez studied medicine at Federal University of Parana. He is professionally affiliated with Ochsner.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine
5000 Hennessy Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Gallegos' specialty is nuclear medicine. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Gallegos is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
7777 Hennessy Boulevard; Suite 1000
Baton Rouge, LA
 

Dr. Karin Hawkins is an adult cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. She accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare Bronze.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
7777 Hennessy Boulevard; Suite 1000
Baton Rouge, LA
 

Dr. Wilson Wang is a specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He works in Baton Rouge, LA. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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Specializes in Nuclear Medicine
5000 Hennessy Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA
 

Dr. Nina Gazmen is a nuclear medicine specialist. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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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