Diagnostic & Treatment Procedures
Nuclear medicine involves the administration of small amounts of radioactive
materials for diagnostic and/or treatment procedures. Pomona Valley Hospital
Medical Center offers full nuclear medicine services, including PET imaging,
organ function studies, cancer studies, thyroid treatments, radioassays
and other procedures.
A diagnostic nuclear medicine study provides information about both the
anatomy and the function of a particular gland or organ. During the procedure,
our certified nuclear medicine technologist will introduce a small dose
of radioactive material usually via an intravenous injection. The material
temporarily emits gamma rays from the specific gland or organ. A sensor
or gamma camera is placed on the patient which detects the rays and the
collected data can be converted into diagnostic images. Because the radioactive
material is administered in a tiny dose and remains in the body for a
relatively short time, the risk posed by nuclear medicine studies is minimal.
Nuclear medicine is also used to treat certain conditions - most commonly
thyroid disorders or certain forms of cancer. Like the diagnostic studies
described above, nuclear medicine treatment involves introducing small
amounts of radioactive material into a particular internal organ or structure.
In the case of cancer treatment, for example radioactive material is carefully
positioned near the cancerous growth or tumor. The material emits radiation
at a controlled dose, destroying nearby cancer cells while preserving
Although some nuclear medicine procedures require special preparation or
an overnight hospital stay, most are performed on an outpatient basis
and require only a few hours to complete.
If you would like more information on nuclear medicine services provided
through PVHMC's Department of Radiology, please contact us at 909.865.9580.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
Department of Radiology
1798 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767