They may be documenting the effects of chemotherapy on cancer patients using the latest technologies in PET imaging, assessing myocardial viability of a patient with cardiac disease through myocardial perfusion imaging, helping a transplant surgeon determine which lung to transplant with a quantitative lung scan, or performing a renal scan that warns of the need for intervention before functional parenchyma is lost. Our nuclear medicine specialists are active partners in determining the modalities and defining the protocols to provide the most relevant and critical information for patients and their doctors. They take a proactive role in educating clinicians on new procedures, protocols and guidelines to optimize appropriate testing and enhance understanding of test results.
As faculty members in the Department of Radiology at the University of South Florida, our nuclear medicine specialists are also heavily involved in clinical research, particularly in the area of neurology. They are helping unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as collaborators in amyloid imaging and biomarker studies at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in a prestigious long-term study sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.