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Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
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Nuclear Medicine (Overview)

The medical specialty of nuclear medicine involves the use of unsealed radioactive pharmaceuticals that can help image molecular flow throughout the body. The medical use of radiopharmaceuticals also includes the treatment of some cancers and bone pain. Nuclear medicine is separate from diagnostic radiology, which utilizes the use of external (sealed) radioactivity to image the body.


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What are the limitations of nuclear medicine?

What are the limitations of nuclear medicine?

Detailed anatomy: No imaging study has all of the information or answers, however nuclear medicine is especially helpful to identify physiology in the body. That is..The function. What nuclear medicine does not do well is look at the fine details of anatomy. Ct and MRI are great for looking at anatomy. ...Read more

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Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
103 doctors shared insights

Nuclear Medicine (Overview)

The medical specialty of nuclear medicine involves the use of unsealed radioactive pharmaceuticals that can help image molecular flow throughout the body. The medical use of radiopharmaceuticals also includes the treatment of some cancers and bone pain. Nuclear medicine is separate from diagnostic radiology, which utilizes the use of external (sealed) radioactivity to image the body.


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What are the pros and cons of nuclear medicine?

What are the pros and cons of nuclear medicine?

Pro: functional: Nuclear medicine is functional imaging of organs of body with radio tracers. Pros: early detection of myocardial infarction, differentiation of urinary obstruction from stasis, early detection of bone infection, gall bladder disease with normal anatomic studies, pet detecting very small areas of metastatic disease. Cons: uses small doses of ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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Coping with Nuclear or Radioactive Releases (Checklist)

Listen to instructions from the Emergency Broadcast Network
daily
if you must shelter in place, duct tape all outside doors, windows, and chimneys
once
Have a week's worth of rations, water, and iodine pills if at high risk
once
Have batteries, flashlight, transistor radio, and first-aid kit handy
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Advantages and limitations of nuclear medicine?

Advantages and limitations of nuclear medicine?

Physiologic study: Nuclear scans involve ingestion, intravenous injection, inhalation, subcutaneous injection , instillation into bladder of isotopes, radiotracers, in order to see function of various organs of body, heart, lungs, bones, liver/spleen, stomach, thyroid, lymph system, kidneys, bladder, brain, parathyroid gland and gall bladder.Normal values for adults and children are known.Radiation involved, not anatomic. ...Read more

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What is nuclear medicine? And what does it treat?

What is nuclear medicine? And what does it treat?

Physiologic study: Nuclear medicine involves using internal irradiation in order to define function of heart, lungs, bones, liver/spleen, stomach, thyroid gland, lymph system, kidneys, bladder, brain, parathyroid gland and gall bladder. Some isotopes are injected iv, inhaled, and some ingested. Isotopes of higher doses are used to treat thyroid diseases.Amount of irradiation controlled for individual & environment. ...Read more

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What is the examples of medicine of nuclear medicine ?

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. ...Read more

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Could the benefits of nuclear medicine outweigh the risks?

Certainly: Risk of some irradiation. Dosage usually low and affects grown adult less than child. Certainly finding source of disabling pain or suffering whether gb, bone, kidney, thyroid, myocardium etc important. Always way benefits versus risk. Nuclear medicine tests determine function and physiology which usually not seen by mr, x-ray, ultrasound, or ct. Pet?Ct has bee instrumental in finding occult tumor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: nuclear medicine?

What is the definition or description of: nuclear medicine?

Molecular Imaging: The medical specialty of nuclear medicine involves the use of unsealed radioactive pharmaceuticals that can help image molecular flow throughout the body. The medical use of radiopharmaceuticals also includes the treatment of some cancers and bone pain. Nuclear medicine is separate from diagnostic radiology, which utilizes the use of external (sealed) radioactivity to image the body. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and limitations of nuclear medicine?

Molecular imaging: Nuclear medicine has the ability to examine the molecular basis of disease by using very low levels of radioactivity that targets the disease-specific biomarkers and specific organs. The downside is it uses radioactivity (very little) and has somewhat limited resolution, but the modern scanners are attached to other modalities such as ct or mri. ...Read more

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What is general nuclear medicine? What are some uses of the procedure?

What is general nuclear medicine? What are some uses of the procedure?

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. ...Read more

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