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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
61 Southern Boulevard
Nesconset, NY
 

Dr. Lewis Rappaport, who practices in Nesconset, NY and Bay Shore, NY, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. His professional affiliations include Mount Sinai Hospital, Northwell Health, and Southside Hospital. Dr. Rappaport is a graduate of Central University of the East School of Medicine and a graduate of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital's residency program. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Rappaport has an open panel.

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Dr. Robert Matthews M.D.
Specializes in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Radiology
University Hospital; L4
Stony Brook, NY
 

Dr. Robert Matthews' medical specialty is nuclear medicine and nuclear radiology. His areas of expertise consist of nuclear scan and PET scan. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Healthfirst. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Matthews attended Catholic University of Cordoba Faculty of Medicine for medical school.

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Clinical interests: PET Scan, Imaging Procedures, Nuclear Scan

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

Dr. Dinko Franceschi works as a nuclear radiologist and nuclear medicine specialist in Stony Brook, NY. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Dr. Franceschi attended the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Franceschi focuses on nuclear scan and PET scan. Dr. Franceschi takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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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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