What Is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology used to help diagnose and treat abnormalities early in the progression of a disease. This imaging captures medical information that would otherwise be unavailable and require expensive diagnostic tests or surgery. Tissues such as intestines, muscles, and blood vessels are difficult to visualize on a standard X-ray. In nuclear medicine, a radioactive tracer is used so the tissue is seen more clearly. 

With this tracer, physicians can see, through nuclear imaging, the internal organs and tissues as well as their function. Physicians can evaluate organ and tissue function depending on how much of the radioactive tracer is absorbed.

Radioactive Tracer

A very small amount of a radioactive substance is used during the procedure. The radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is swallowed or injected and absorbed by body tissue. After the radionuclide has been given and collected in the body tissue, radiation will be detected by a special camera.

The amount of radiation in a typical nuclear imaging procedure is within safe limits and is comparable to a diagnostic X-ray.

About the Equipment

Radiology services has invested in the latest state-of-the-art Siemens imaging equipment available, including the new SPECT/CT and PET/CT scanners to provide better and quicker diagnoses. Our world-class specialists are experts in nuclear medicine imaging and care deeply about your health and well being. We use safe, painless, and cost-effective techniques to image the body.

Clint W. Allred, MD

Dr. Clint Allred is a Clinical Instructor in the University of Utah School of Medicine. His clinical interests are broad as they apply to the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disorders.  Particular interests include prevention of cardiovascular disease, rehabilitation of deteriorated cardiac function and optimization of cardiovascular fit... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Hypertension, Nuclear Medicine, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Star Valley Medical Center 801-585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Anna B. Catino, MD

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Dr. Anna Catino, M.D. has an appointment in Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School College of Medicine. She has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2015 and serves as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Di... Read More

Specialties:

Cardio-Oncology, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

Redstone Health Center 801-585-7676
University Hospital 801-585-7676

Carl R. Christensen, MD

Carl Christensen, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, and George E. Wahlen Veterans Administration Medical Center serving in chest, body, ultrasound and musculoskeletal imaging while specializing in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. His interests include biliary i... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital
Radiology
801-581-2370

John M. Hoffman, MD

John M. Hoffman, MD, is a professor of radiology and neurology and director of nuclear medicine in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He is also director of the Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He holds the Willard Snow Hansen Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray

Locations:

Huntsman Cancer Hospital 801-587-4064
University Hospital
Radiology
801-581-2370

Lillian L. Khor, MBBCh, MSc

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4.6

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Lillian Khor received a foreign medical degree, M.B.BCh., BAO degree (equivalent to M.D.) from the National University of Ireland in 1997. She concluded her foreign medical training with an internal medicine residency and moved here in 2000, and repeated her internal medicine Internship and Residency at the University of Utah from 2000-2003. She co... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Preventive Cardiology

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Bhasker Rao Koppula, MBBS, MD

Bhasker Rao Koppula MD works with the Nuclear Medicine division of the Radiology department at the University of Utah. Dr. Koppula has a special interest in PET/CT and molecular imaging as well as treatment procedures including thyroid treatment and treatment of lymphoma using Bexxar and Zevalin.... Read More

Specialties:

Body Imaging, Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital
Radiology
801-581-7553

Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD

Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor and Chair in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the University of Utah. Dr. Minoshima is a radiologist specialized in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. His scientific contributions in the field of Neuroscience include the discovery of very early sign of Alzheimer's disease in the... Read More

Specialties:

Molecular Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology

Locations:

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Jack H. Morshedzadeh, MD

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4.9

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Jack Morshedzadeh M.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah.  He is the Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.  He serves as the Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and is the former director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Unit. He ha... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Preventive Cardiology, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Kathryn A. Morton, MD

Kathryn Morton, MD, is a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Morton received her medical degree from the University of Utah, followed by an internship in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and residencies in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Utah.... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital
Radiology
801-581-2370

Cory M.L. Nitzel, MD

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Cory Nitzel M.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2013. Dr. Nitzel graduated from Idaho State University with a BS in Microbiology in 2002. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine

Locations:

South Jordan Health Center 801-585-7676
University Hospital 801-585-7676

Jerry D. Walker, MD

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4.7

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Jerry D. Walker, M.D., has appointments in both Division of Cardiology and the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He has been on faculty since 2010 and oversees the University Redwood Cardiology Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah and has developed the University Cardiology Practice at Memorial Hospital at Sweetwater C... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine

Locations:

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County
Cardiovascular Clinic
307-362-3711
Redwood Health Center 801-213-9990

Brent D. Wilson, MD, PhD

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4.8

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Brent D. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., has appointments in the Division of Cardiology and in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. He serves as Director of the Cardiovascular Center, Director of Cardiology Clinical services and the Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship Program. He has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2006.Dr. W... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Echocardiography, General Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676
Huntsman Cancer Institute 2000 Circle of Hope Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Map
801-585-0100
University of Utah Hospital 50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
Map
801-581-2121