Nuclear Medicine

UVA Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging faculty stand against a colorful wall

Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

The field of nuclear medicine is consistently advancing treatments for cancer and numerous other diseases, and in doing so, transforming the future of patient care. The Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at the University of Virginia is at the forefront of modern clinical medicine and technological progress in this area.

Clinical service is provided at the main hospital as well as the Emily Couric Cancer Center—a National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center—directly across the street from the main hospital.

Nuclear medicine is one of the most effective methods to check for the recurrence of cancer. Unlike other imaging techniques that identify disease and disorders based on structural appearance (x-ray, MRI, etc.), nuclear medicine imaging techniques employ a very small amount of radioactive material to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions based on the function of the organ, tissue, or bone. A typical scan consist of three stages: first, a radiopharmaceutical agent is administered to the patient; next, gamma camera detectors capture an image from the radiation emitted by the radiopharmaceuticals that have accumulated in the area of interest; then a radiologist examines the resulting 3-D images of the physiological functioning of the affected area.

Also used is Positron Emission Tomography (PET) which employs the latest technology, PET and CT. PET-CT combines PET and CT in a single machine that provides information about metabolism linked to CT anatomy in a single exam. This modality is available for all approved clinical indications, including oncologic, neurologic, and cardiac.

Fellowship Program

We offer an ACGME-accredited one-year fellowship in Nuclear Radiology to candidates who have completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at an ACGME-accredited institution. Candidates must also have ABR or equivalent certification and the ability to obtain a license to practice medicine in Virginia. More >


Dual DR/NM Pathway

We offer a 16-month combined Diagnostic Radiology/Nuclear Medicine pathway to dual certification that is available to all diagnostic radiology residents. More >