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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Nuclear Medicine
1201 E Schuster Avenue; Building 7
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. Wilbur Strader is a specialist in adult endocrinology and nuclear medicine. He works in El Paso, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Strader honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
4301 N Mesa Street; Suite 101
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. Juan Taveras is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular & interventional radiology specialist. Dr. Taveras is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
101 Rim Road
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. Abraham Gonzalez is an adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology specialist in El Paso, TX. Dr. Gonzalez is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
101 Rim Road
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. Juan Escobar specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear cardiology. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Escobar accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine
101 Rim Road
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. Oscar Aguilar's specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and nuclear medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Aguilar is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Adult Endocrinology, Nuclear Medicine
1810 Murchison; Suite 40
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. Guillermo Pinzon's specialties are adult endocrinology and nuclear medicine. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
4301 N Mesa Street; Suite 101
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. Rafael Medrano is an adult cardiologist, interventional radiologist, and diagnostic radiologist in El Paso, TX. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Diagnostic Radiology
5301 Alameda Avenue
El Paso, TX
 

Dr. David Turbay sees patients in El Paso, TX. His medical specialties are adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and vascular & interventional radiology. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare EPO, United Healthcare Bronze, United Healthcare Silver, and more.

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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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