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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine | SPECT | SPECT/CT

Nuclear Medicine at X-Ray Associates of New Mexico

X-Ray Associates of New Mexico offers Nuclear Medicine imaging at the Stephen G. Babel – El Camino Imaging Center in Albuquerque, NM. In addition to most general nuclear medicine procedures, we also offer SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) and SPECT/CT. Nuclear medicine is a diagnostic test that utilizes a small amount of radioactive material, known as a tracer, that is either injected intravenously or given by mouth in a pill form. It is usually targeted to a specific organ such as the bones, thyroid, lungs, heart, internal organs, or breasts. The radioactive tracer emits gamma rays that can be detected by a specialized camera and computer. A functional and anatomic picture of the respective organ can then be displayed showing either increased or decreased activity. Below is an example of a SPECT/CT Scan.
SPECT Infographic

Understanding Nuclear Medicine

What is the Role of Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear Medicine exams are non-invasive tests that are frequently done first before more invasive procedures are performed, such as biopsies or surgeries. These types of non-invasive exams are the best early warning system for certain kinds of heart disease, thyroid disease, tumors, changes to bone structure or density, and can help with very specific disease detection, such as Parkinson’s Disease.

Clinical Indication

  • Thyroid function or nodules
  • Presence or absence of cancer
  • Gastric emptying
  • Cardiac function
  • Renal function
  • Gall bladder blockage
  • Sites of bleeding or infection
  • Abnormalities of the bones such as fracture, infection, or tumor
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Preparation for Exam

Usually, no preparation is needed except for gastric emptying exams where you may be asked to not eat or drink anything.


A specially-trained radiologist will interpret, analyze, and report your exam results to your physician.


If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you must notify our office. As with most radiologic tests, allergies are rare.

Service Location

Nuclear Medicine, SPECT, and SPECT/CT exams are available at our El Camino Imaging Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Nuclear Medicine Services & Exams

Body Scans

  • Ceretec WBC Imaging
  • Bone Scan/Spect
  • Three Phase Bone Scan
  • Limited Bone Scan
  • FDG PET Tumor Imaging
  • F-18 Bone PETs
  • Axumin


  • Gastric Emptying Scan
  • Hepatobiliary Imaging with CCK
  • Sphincter of Oddi-(SOD) Evaluation
  • Renal Blood Flow
  • Renal Scan
  • Renogram with Lasix
  • Enalpril/Captopril/Vasotec Renogram
  • Liver/Spleen Scan
  • Hemangioma Study
  • GI Bleeding Scan
  • Meckel’s Scan
  • Sestamibi Breast Imaging
  • Cystogram
  • Lymphoscintigraphy Exams

Head & Brain

  • FDG PET Brain Scan
  • Ceretec/Neurolite Brain Scan (Brain perfusion study/SPECT)
  • Dacrocystography
  • Hyperthyroid Therapy
  • DaTscan (Dat Scan)

Chest & Thorax

  • MUGA-Gated Cardiac Study
  • FDG PET Myocardial Viability Studies
  • Thyroid uptake & scan


Nuclear Medicine - XRAMN
Nuclear Medicine - XRAMN
Nuclear Medicine - XRAMN
Nuclear Medicine - XRAMN
The El Camino Imaging Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico is proud to be fully accredited by the IAC for Nuclear Medicine and proud to be fully accredited by the ACR for Nuclear Medicine.

Our current accreditation with the IAC and the ACR serve to further demonstrate our commitment to quality and accountability.

Nuclear Medicine - XRAMN

Dedicated Team of Nuclear Medicine, SPECT, and SPECT/CT Specialists

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For over 70 years, X-Ray Associates of New Mexico has been proudly serving the greater Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. Our kind staff and expert radiologists are dedicated to ensuring both your comfort and safety. To get started, click the button below to find a convenient location near you.

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