Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine imaging system.

UC San Diego Health is a leader in advanced nuclear medicine diagnostics and treatments, offering a full range of quality imaging services not widely available elsewhere. Our specialized equipment and expertise make us a preferred referral center for many other hospitals and specialty physicians. 

Nuclear medicine is particularly valuable in providing physicians with information on both the structure and function of a patient's cells, tissue or organs.  

Our nuclear medicine teams perform more than 34,000 exams a year, offering comprehensive nuclear medicine services that include:

  • Positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT), also known as PET/CT scans, for the early diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and dementias, including Alzheimer's disease
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and computed tomography (CT), SPECT/CT scans, for certain situations in which both the location and functioning of a tissue is of critical importance, such as for cardiac, brain, thyroid and infection imaging.

We also offer:

  • Brain imaging with DaTscan and Ceretec
  • Xofigo prostate cancer treatment
  • Y-90 liver cancer treatment
  • GFR kidney function evaluation
  • Iodine 131 thyroid cancer treatment, both inpatient and outpatient
  • Plasma volume testing
  • Nuclear breast imaging
  • Breast scan (lymphoscintigraphy) and sentinel node mapping
  • All general nuclear medicine procedures

Appointments & Referrals

Locations

La Jolla

Hillcrest

Radiologists

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