What is a Nuclear Medicine Exam?
Nuclear Medicine provides safe and useful methods of obtaining functional information about various organs of the body. It involves the introduction (usually by IV injection) of a radioactive tracer into the patient. The location of the tracer can be detected using a gamma camera. The gamma camera does not emit any radiation, but rather detects the radiation coming from the patient.
Nuclear Medicine Exams:
A member of our Pre-Registration staff may call you to pre-register you for this appointment. If contacted, this will save you time on the day of your appointment. Our Pre-Registration staff will ask you to verify your basic information, including insurance information. If you would like to call us directly to pre-register, please call 413-447-2455 one to three days prior to your appointment. The hours for the Pre-Registration Department are Monday through Friday from 8:10 a.m. until 8:15 p.m.
If you have any questions about your exam or if you wish to reschedule your exam to a new day or time, please call the Central Scheduling Department at 413-447-2451 and they will be happy to assist you. The hours for the Central Scheduling Department are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
If you would like to have an English language interpreter at the time of your appointment, please inform us at the time you book your appointment or call the Central Scheduling Department to arrange for one.
How do I obtain results?
Your images will be reviewed and read by our board certified radiologists and a report will be sent to your doctor. This generally takes 24 to 48 hours after your examination. Your doctor will inform you of the results.