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Dr Robert Matthews MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Radiology
3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Robert Matthews, who practices in Stony Brook, NY, is a medical specialist in nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology. His clinical interests encompass nuclear scan and PET scan. Dr. Matthews honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, Healthfirst, and more. After completing medical school at Catholic University of Cordoba Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: PET Scan, Imaging Procedures, Nuclear Scan

Dr John M Reitano MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
Average rating 4.75 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
220 Belle Mead Road; Suite A
E. Setauket, NY

Dr. John Reitano specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology and practices in East Setauket, NY. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU), Dr. Reitano attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His clinical interests include stress echo, myocarditis, and nuclear cardiology. Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reitano accepts. His distinctions include: 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.

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Clinical interests: Myocarditis, Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Stress Echo, Heart Valve Disease, Nuclear ... (Read more)

Dr Mitchell A Saunders MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
220 Belle Mead Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY

Dr. Mitchell Saunders' areas of specialization are adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Before performing his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Saunders attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. His clinical interests include heart failure, heart valve disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Saunders honors Viant, Healthfirst, CIGNA Plans, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease; Diplomate, Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography; and Diplomate, Certification Board Council of Nuclear Cardiology.

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Clinical interests: Heart Valve Disease, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart Attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease, High C ... (Read more)

Dr Dinko Franceschi MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Radiology
3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Dinko Franceschi is a nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology specialist. His areas of expertise include nuclear scan and PET scan. Dr. Franceschi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine and performed his 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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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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