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what is the examples of medicine of nuclear medicine ?

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
Nuclear medicine...: Nuclear medicine uses radionuclides for both diagnosis and treatment of diseases. One of the most common nuclear medicine treatments is the use of radioactive iodine to treat thyroid disorders such as thyroid cancer, graves' disease, or toxic multinodular goiter. Another example is zevalin (ibritumomab tiuxetan) for treatment of lymphoma.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
Many: Nuclear medicine covers a large number of medical conditions, including diagnosis and some treatments. Scans are routinely done in for the brain, thyroid gland, parathyroid, lung, heart, liver, spleen, bone and other organs. These scans are used to diagnose multiple acute and chronic diseases. Treatment of thyroid disease and some malignancies are also performed in nuclear medicine.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Physiologic study: Nuclear scans involve the ingestion, intravenous injection, inhalation, subcutaneous injection , instillation into the bladder of isotopes, radiotracers, in order to define function of various organs of the body, heart, lungs, bones, liver/spleen, stomach, thyroid gland, lymph system, kidneys, bladder, brain, parathyroid gland and gall bladder. Normal values for adults and children are known.

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What does nuclear medicine mean? What types of things do the doctors do?

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Dr. Robert Carroll
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Diagnose & Rx .: Using isotopes to diagnose and treat thyroid diseases as well as many disorders of the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and skeleton. Nuclear medicine focuses mostly on function whereas radiology focuses mostly on structure.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How does nuclear medicine cure diseases? Can anyone give an example of how nuclear medicine is used to cure diseases? I don't understand how it works.

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The : The best example of how nuclear medicine is used to cure diseases is treatment of thyroid cancer or graves' disease (a form of hyperthyroidism). In both cases the goal is to destroy thyroid tissue. The thyroid gland contains a large amount of iodine which it uses to produce thyroid hormone. Once iodine is ingested, a large amount is concentrated within the thyroid gland. Nuclear medicine harnesses this principal to destroy thyroid tissue by giving the patient a radioactive form of iodine (i-131). This radioactive iodine is concentrated in the thyroid gland. The isotope primarily releases beta radiation which destroys the surrounding tissue (most of which is thyroid tissue). If there is thyroid cancer in the area, the cancer is also destroyed.
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Which diseases are treated with nuclear medicine? I've read online about the diagnostic properties of nuclear medicine, but there is little information about the diseases which can be treated with nucleur medicine. Which diseases are treated with nuclear

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Dr. John Overbeck
Nuclear Medicine 26 years experience
The : The most frequent disease treated with nuclear medicine is hyperthyroidism. I small quantity of radioactive iodine-131 is given orally. The iodine is selectively taken up by the thyroid gland and damages a portion of the gland. The iodine, not absorbed by the thyroid gland, is quickly excreted by the kidney. The goal of the therapy is to return the patient to either normal thyroid function or hypothyroidism which is easily treated with thyroid hormone therapy. Other conditions treated with nuclear medicine therapy are thyroid cancer and bone pain caused by prostate, breast or lung cancer. Exciting new therapies using antibodies to target cancer with radioactive antibodies are being developed. More information is available at the society of nuclear medicine web site: www.Snm.Org.
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What is nuclear medicine? And what does it treat?

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 36 years experience
Nuclear : Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses injected or injested radioactive isotopes to make diagnoses. Unlike xray images, cts, mris, and ultrasound studies that show anatomy, nuclear medicine studies show the phyiological processes that are occurring behind the scenes. A ct might show a fluid collection, but a nuclear medicine scan using radiolabeled white blood cells can tell you whether it's infected. Ct, mri, or ultrasound might show a mass in the liver, but the radioactive sugars used in a nuclear pet scan can tell you whether it's a malignancy.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: nuclear medicine?

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Dr. Raymond Taillefer
Nuclear Medicine 42 years experience
Medical subspecialty: Nuclear medicine is a sub-specialty of medicine that employs radioisotopes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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