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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine at The Queen's Medical Center

Queen’s Imaging at The Queen’s Medical Center offers the largest and most active nuclear medicine department in Hawaii.

Nuclear medicine imaging procedures are noninvasive and usually painless procedures that help Queen’s physicians diagnose medical conditions or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

Unlike other imaging techniques, nuclear medicine imaging studies are less about picturing anatomy and structure, and more concerned with depicting physiologic processes within the body, such as rates of metabolism or levels of various other chemical activity. PET Scans are a type of nuclear medicine procedure.

Nuclear medicine imaging scans are performed to:

These procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis, but are often ordered for hospitalized patients as well.

Preparing for Your Procedure

Radiation Exposure from Pet Scans and Other Imaging Procedures

Read our brochure to learn more about exposure to ionizing radiation from imaging tests compared to naturally occurring background radiation.