We found 5 nuclear medicine providers who accept Great-West Healthcare near Stony Brook, NY.

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

Dr. Robert Matthews is a nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology specialist. He has a special interest in nuclear scan and PET scan. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Matthews takes. Dr. Matthews obtained his medical school training at Catholic University of Cordoba Faculty of Medicine and 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
220 Belle Meade Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. John Reitano practices adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. His areas of expertise include stress echo, myocarditis, and atherosclerosis. Dr. Reitano accepts several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) for residency. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Reitano 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, Hemochromatosis, Stress Echo, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Hal A Skopicki, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
Stony Brook Univ. Medical Center; Level 5 Heart Center
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Hal Skopicki is an adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology specialist in Islandia, NY, Stony Brook, NY, and Hauppauge, NY. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Skopicki include advanced heart failure, heart transplant, and myocarditis. Dr. Skopicki is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Myocarditis, Clinical Trials, Cardiomyopathy, Research, Sarcoidosis, Hemochromatosis, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Mitchell A Saunders, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
220 Belle Mead Road; Suite A
East Setauket, NY
 

Dr. Mitchell Saunders is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Saunders include heart failure, heart valve disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Saunders honors several insurance carriers, including Viant, Healthfirst, and CIGNA Plans. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Saunders include: 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 ... (Read more)

Dr. Dinko Franceschi, MD
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Radiology
University Hospital; L4
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Dinko Franceschi is a specialist in nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology. His areas of expertise consist of nuclear scan and PET scan. Dr. Franceschi is in-network 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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