Dr. Sim Hoffman is a practicing Diagnostic Radiologist based in Buena Park, California. The Medical Director of the Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group, Dr. Hoffman oversees offices in Buena Park, Huntington Park, and San Bernardino.
Among the areas of Dr. Sim Hoffman’s expertise is Nuclear Medicine; the practice of utilizing small amounts of radioactive materials, generally called “radiotracers,” to better evaluate and diagnose certain medical conditions within the patient.
A branch of medical imaging, nuclear medicine serves as a noninvasive diagnostic tool; one which can help medical professionals not only diagnose and evaluate the severity of heart disease, many types of cancers, endocrine disorders and neurological disorders but which also often aids in the treatment process. Typically injected into the blood, swallowed or inhaled, radiotracers are able to travel to the desired area with relative ease and emit gamma-ray energy which, when detected by a specially designed camera and computer system, works to create images for the physician to examine.
Nuclear medicine’s primary advantage, As Dr. Sim Hoffman knows, is that it has the unique capability to provide a more comprehensive picture of regions of the body not possible through other imaging methods. It also offers physicians the opportunity to identify certain types of diseases in their earliest stages of development.