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What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Rosenbluth
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Diagnosis vs therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy xrays to kill cancer cells or other types of growths in the body, for therapeutic purposes. Radiology uses lower-en ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Different radiation: Radiography or x-ray involves low dose ionizing radiation with images of chest , skeleton, skull etc. Radiation therapy uses high dose ionizing to tr ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
26 years experience Radiation Oncology
Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes gi ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
Tech vs. doctor: Radiation therapist is a certified technician that can help set up patients daily for accurate delivery of radiation prescribed by the radiation oncol ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Treatment v. diagnos: Radiation therapy is the use of radiation or particle energy directed at a part of the body to shrink tumors in that location. It is treatment. Nucle ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Virginia Klaas
31 years experience Nuclear Medicine
NM-diagnosis: Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials to do imaging (mostly), (and sometimes treat patients). Radiation oncology usually uses e ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allan Goldstein
55 years experience Internal Medicine
How delivered: Chemo--iv, injection, by mouth radiation---xray treatment.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Diagnose vs treat: Radiography means using x-ray beams to create an image that helps diagnose diseases including cancer. Chest x-rays and ct scans are common examples. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Treatment: Therapy = treatment provided to a patient oncology is a branch of medicine.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Physical therapy: Physical medicine is a state of the medical arts that is practiced by doctors who specialize in medical management of many disorders e.g. Pain managem ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
No.: A radiation oncologist is a physician trained to prescribe radiation therapy.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
17 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine : Diagnostic radiology usually involves a source of radiation which begins outside the body (such as X-ray) which then passes through the body and is s ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
No difference: Physiotherapy is a fused version of physical therapy. In the US, physical therapy is a preferred term, though.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
MD: Med school grads are M.D.'s -doctors of medicine. States license "doctor of medicine and surgery" after completing 1 year internship. Licenses allow f ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Sort of the same : Radiation oncology is a medical specialty. The radiation oncologist is a physician who administers radiation therapy in conjunction with other profess ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
Specialization: In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy. Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focu ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
MD vs. non-MD: Radiation oncologists are MDs with special training in radiation therapy. Radiation therapists assist radiation oncologist in administering radiation ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Wang
Dr. Gary Wang answered
39 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Physical therapy: Physical therapy is to use physical way to reach therapy aim. Includes temperature modality, mechanic way to move joint and muscle and electric or u ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Radiology : Radiology is a branch of medicine which deals with the medical use of radiation (both ionizing and nonionizing radiation) for diagnosis and treatment ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes: Radiation delivers treatment to where the beam is delivered. So if you radiate the arm, the arm is all that is treated. Chemotherapy goes wherever b ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Integrative Medicine: Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therap ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Overbeck
25 years experience Nuclear Medicine
It : It is true that the radioactive tracer is injected into your body so the the gamma rays are coming out of your body as the tracer is decaying away. W ... Read More

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