Body Imaging

Body imaging refers to the use of imaging equipment to diagnose and treat disease and injury in the body’s organs, soft tissues, and connective tissues. 


X-ray (or radiography) is a type of diagnostic imaging that uses electromagnetic radiation (light) to produce images of the area under evaluation.  

Women's Imaging

Mammography, breast imaging (breast MRIs and ultrasounds), 3-D tomosynthesis, and OB ultrasounds.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty within radiology that uses a radioscope for diagnostic examinations.


A PET, or Positron Emission Tomography, scan is a diagnostic scanning method that uses radionuclide combined with glucose.

Oncologic Imaging

Full-body x-ray from a nuclear medicine imaging Oregon

Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine? Nuclear medicine imaging uses a radioisotope which is injected intravenously into the patient. A machine then uses a detector to take “images” for diagnostic examinations.

How is Nuclear Medicine performed? In a nuclear medicine procedure, a radioisotope is injected into a vein and circulates through the bloodstream. The type of radioisotope used depends on the system being evaluated. The patient usually then lies on a table surrounded with detectors on several sides for a period of time. The data is then used to create pictures of the body part under evaluation.

Examples of general nuclear medicine exams:

  • Bone scan
  • Hepatobiliary imaging
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Thyroid or parathyroid imaging
PET/CT scan from nuclear medicine imaging


What is a PET scan? A PET/CT scan is a specific type of nuclear medicine scan. PET/CT scans are often used for the early detection of cancer, staging the extent of cancer, monitoring treatment, and evaluating patients with dementia.

How is a PET/CT scan performed? A radionuclide combined with glucose is given intravenously. The patient lies on a table and images are taken using a combination of CT images and nuclear medicine detectors. This creates 2D and 3D images of the body.
PET/CT imaging is only performed at Meridian Park Medical Center.

Tualatin Imaging logo; PET/CT scan and Nuclear Medicine Imaging in Oregon
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