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Nuclear Medicine

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The Division of Nuclear Medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using radiopharmaceuticals. Our faculty and staff provide comprehensive clinical services, residency education, and research. Routine examinations and services provided include thyroid uptake and radiotherapy, bone scans, functional renal assays, gastric emptying, ventilation-perfusion scans, prostascintigraphy, tagged red cell scans, and PET-CT among others. Nuclear cardiac imaging is performed and interpreted in collaboration with the University of Rochester Department of Cardiology.

The Nuclear Medicine primary facilities are located on the first and ground floors of Strong Memorial Hospital. Within this space are offices for staff and residents, imaging and patient examining, injection rooms, radiopharmacy preparation, quality control and dispensing laboratories, conference and reading room, staff lounge as well as patient waiting rooms. The division has four SPECT cameras and two additional gamma cameras for planar and portable imaging plus thyroid uptake probes.

The University of Rochester Department of Imaging has recently opened a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar PET-CT imaging facility and cyclotron—the only such center in upstate New York. PET is a powerful imaging modality used to non-invasively assess cellular metabolic function. PET is primarily used for the diagnosis, staging, and restaging of specific cancers; pre-surgical assessment of some patients with epilepsy; Alzheimer’s evaluation; and limited cardiovascular applications. In addition to patient services, the PET-CT scanner is actively utilized for clinical research.

Nuclear Medicine Faculty

Photo of Vaseem ChengaziVaseem Chengazi, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor