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Nuclear Medicine

Billing questions

Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
734-712-3700, 
800-676-0431
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Huron Valley Radiology, PC, 866-744-1452
Monday - Thursday,
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Request a price estimate

To request an estimate call 734-712-1500 or fill our web form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Patient Resources

Nuclear Medicine Scan

Nuclear Medicine evaluates various medical problems by imaging physiologic processes (the function) of the body’s organ systems. A small amount of radioactive material is used to track and locate disease processes and/or visualize the functionality of structures within the body. Specialized cameras are used to image the body and analyze the location, concentration and movement of the radioactive material. The procedures performed in Nuclear Medicine pertain to a wide range of medical specialties including cardiology, oncology, endocrinology and orthopedics, as well as thyroid therapy and localization techniques for various surgeries.

The St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Nuclear Medicine department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), adhering to their standards for imaging and quality where Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists (CNMT) perform all imaging procedures. Images are interpreted by Nuclear Medicine certified physicians and specialized Radiologists. The radioactive material used in all Nuclear Medicine procedures must be injected, ingested or inhaled by the patient. There are no noted side effects of the materials utilized for the study and the radiation dose is very minimal.

Nuclear Medicine procedures performed at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston include:

  • Bone Scan (Whole Body, Flow)
  • Gastric Emptying Study
  • GI Bleed Localization
  • Hepatobiliary Scan (Gallbladder)
  • Indium Scan (for infection localization)
  • Liver/Spleen Scan
  • Meckel’s Diverticulum
  • Lung Scan - Ventilation and Perfusion
  • Resting MUGA
  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Exercise and Pharmacologic
  • Octreotide Tumor Scan
  • Renal Scan
  • Sentinel Node Injection - Breast (for surgical localization)
  • Thyroid Scan (non-therapy)
  • Brain Death

Additional procedures performed at Ann Arbor Only:

  • Adrenal Scan
  • Cisternogram
  • C-14 H. Pylori Breath Test
  • Lymph Scan (for Melanoma)
  • SPECT CT-
  • Thyroid Therapy for Hyperthyroidism and Cancer
  • Thyroid Uptake & Scan
  • Xofigo (Radium 223 Dichloride) Therapy Injection

Please call 734-712-1313 or 1-800-396-1313 and fax your order to 734-712-1380 or 800-338-9865 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6p.m. to schedule your exam.

If you have questions about your procedure, please call 734-712-7130 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be connected with a specialized staff member.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are Nuclear Medicine procedures safe?
Yes, nuclear medicine procedures are considered safe and like many Radiology exams, the benefit outweighs the risk. Patients receive a very small amount of radioactive material, just enough to get a clear image of the area being reviewed.

How should I prepare for the study?
When the procedure is scheduled, you will be provided the necessary preparatory information. Before the procedure is performed, it is important to let the technologist know if you have recently had a nuclear medicine procedure, are pregnant or nursing, have any allergies, or have had recent surgery.

Should medications be stopped prior to the procedure?
Some medications can interfere with nuclear medicine studies and need to be held until the procedure is completed. Please discuss with your physician medications that may need to be discontinued prior to or after your study.

Why do nuclear medicine procedures take so long?
The length of time for each procedure varies greatly ranging from a couple of hours to sometimes days; this is directly dependent upon the time needed for the tracer uptake in the area of interest within the body. Also, the associated imaging may take minutes or hours. A time estimate for each procedure can be provided, but is ultimately dependent upon the tracer uptake and image quality.

Does the tracer cause any side effects?
Side effects are very rare, but if the patient feels anything out of the ordinary, please inform the technologist.

When can I resume normal activities after the procedure?
The vast majority of people having a nuclear medicine procedure resume normal activities following the procedure. If your medications have been stopped or reduced prior to your nuclear medicine procedure, discuss with your physician when to continue with the regular dose.

Will I need to avoid physical contact with others?
You do not need to avoid contact with people after a nuclear medicine procedure with the exception of Thyroid therapies. Most tracers remain in the body for a short time and then are removed through the natural metabolism of the body. Increasing your water intake can help speed up this process.

Can children have nuclear medicine procedures?
Yes, children can have nuclear medicine procedures. The amount of tracer used is specifically adjusted for the child’s size. Sedation is sometimes required, depending upon the child and the procedure being performed.

Can pregnant women have nuclear medicine procedures?
Yes, the small amount of radioactive tracer is reduced for the patient scan. The ordering physician will determine the overall risk to the pregnant patient based on their clinical indication and presentation.

Can women who are breastfeeding have nuclear medicine procedures?

The nuclear medicine technologist will give additional instructions to the patients who are breastfeeding. 

When will I receive my report?
A radiologist will interpret the images and a report will sent to the physician who ordered your procedure. Please follow up with your physician’s office on when and how you will receive the results of your PET/CT procedure.

You may also gain access to your results utilizing the SJMHS Patient Portal (must be previously registered to utilize).   Reports are typically available on the Patient Portal 5 days post exam.

How do I obtain a copy of my report or images?

To obtain a copy of your report or images, please contact the Imaging Results Center (IRC) at 734-712-RADS (7237) or fill out an online request for imaging results.  Note:  The IRC requires 24 business hour notice to fulfill your request.  You will be able to pick up your material at the location you specified and will be required to present a photo ID and sign a release at the time of pickup. 

How can I find out the cost of a SJMHS imaging procedure?
Please refer to the general FAQ’s for information on how to obtain price estimates for mammography procedures.  Patient’s may call the SJMHS estimate line at 734-712-7392 (option 3 for facility estimates)

SJMHS also offers financial assistance program through the financial counseling department is reachable at 734-712-2009.

Who can I call if I have billing questions?
Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

If you have questions about your bill from:

  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, call 734-712-3700 or toll-free 800-676-0431 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Huron Valley Radiology, PC, call toll-free 866-744-1452 Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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