Nuclear Medicine

Division Chief

Walter E Drane, MD, FACR

Dr Walter Drane, Faculty
Walter Drane, MD

Professor & Chief, Nuclear Medicine
Director, Medical Plaza Radiology
Director, Advanced GI Imaging

MD: Emory University; Atlanta, GA

Fellowship: University of Washington; Seattle, WA
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital; Detroit, MI

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Linda K Armstrong, DO

Dr Linda Armstrong, Faculty
Linda Armstrong, MD

Assistant Professor, Abdominal Imaging
Associate Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

DO: Nova Southeastern University; Fort Lauderdale, FL
BS: Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL

Fellowship: Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN (Women’s Imaging)
Residency: University of Arkansas; Little Rock, AR
Internship: University of Arkansas; Little Rock, AR

Dhanashree Rajderkar, MD

Dr Dhana Rajderkar, Faculty
Dhana Rajderkar, MD

Associate Professor & Chief, Pediatric Radiology
Director, WIDI SIMulation

DNB: New Delhi, India
DMRD: Indira Gandhi Medical College; Nagpur, India

Fellowship: Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology; Saint Louis, MO (Pediatric Radiology)
Fellowship: Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology; Saint Louis, MO (Neuroradiology)
Fellowship: Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology; Saint Louis, MO (Nuclear Medicine)
Fellowship: University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA (Research)
Residency: Indira Gandhi Medical College; Nagpur, India
Internship: Government Medical College; Nagpur, India

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Nuclear Medicine uses many different radioactive tracers to diagnosis, stage, and track disease, as well as to treat certain malignancies, like thyroid cancer. It’s power is its quantitative and dynamic tracking of physiology (beyond the typical anatomy imaged by standard radiology techniques). It involves all organ systems, with niche roles in brain imaging (strokes, dementias, seizures), lung imaging, bone imaging, renal imaging, GI tract and biliary imaging. There are unique tracers to track infection and inflammation in the body, and there is a major role for PET-CT in oncologic practice, for both the early detection and monitoring of many malignancies, long before anatomic changes occur.


The Medical Plaza Imaging Department is the epicenter of our PET-CT practice, with a very advanced mCT flow scanner that allows rapid throughput and tailoring of exams depending on the type of malignancy. The majority of the general NM practice is centered in the North Tower hospital with standard NM cameras and SPECT-CT. Mobile NM is available using our ERGOS system, which allows bedside imaging for a number of different NM procedures, critically important in a hospital system with 3 separate tower (not all possessing fixed NM systems).

Department of Radiology
College of Medicine
University of Florida
PO Box 100374, Gainesville, FL 32610-0374

Phone: (352) 265-0291
Fax: (352) 265-0279
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