Nuclear medicine and the emergency department patient: an illustrative case-based approach

Fatemeh Behnia, Joel A. Gross, Monica Ragucci, Serena Monti, Marcello Mancini, Shana Elman, Hubert Vesselle, Lorenzo Mannelli

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Radiologists are familiar with the use of radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound in the acute clinical setting. However, there are some specific clinical scenarios which may be found in nuclear medicine imaging problem-solving tools. These clinical scenarios and imaging techniques are less frequent, and the referring clinician from the emergency department may not consider these alternatives. It is important for the radiologist to be aware of these techniques to be able to guide the clinician to use those tools, which may result in optimal patient care. In this article, we will discuss those nuclear medicine studies which have application in the setting of an emergency radiology practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-170
Number of pages13
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Brain death
  • Brain perfusion
  • Emergency
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • HIDA
  • MAG3 renogram
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Tagged red blood cells
  • Ventilation/perfusion
  • Ventriculo-peritoneal shuntogram
  • VP shuntogram
  • VQ scan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)


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