OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center

Ottawa, Illinois

Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine Imaging?

Nuclear medicine scan in progress Nuclear medicine scans are safe and painless imaging tools that highlight the anatomy of an organ, bone or other body part, and also its performance.

These exams provide unique and detailed information needed to make a diagnosis, particularly during early stages of a disease.

Often, nuclear medicine scans  show abnormalities before any other diagnostic tests.

During the exam, a certified nuclear medicine technologist will introduce a very small amount of radioactive material, called radiopharmaceuticals, into your body.

Special cameras communicate with computers to produce extremely detailed images of that particular body part.

Exams usually take 30 to 60 minutes, but check with your doctor’s office to find out specific times.

How to Prepare for Your Nuclear Medicine Scan

  • Bring a list of your medications, including the name and dosage.
  • Some nuclear medicine exams require no preparation, but there are several that have dietary/medication restrictions.
  • You should receive instructions for your exam from your physician’s office.

Getting Your Nuclear Scan Results

In most cases, your imaging exam will be interpreted within 24 hours.

Please keep in mind that your doctor’s office may need additional time to incorporate the report into your personal medical record.

Location & Hours

Practice Name Address City Phone Today's Hours
1100 E. Norris Drive Ottawa (815) 431-5211

6:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Open again Mon at 6:30 AM