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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Vs Radiation Therapist
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 treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Can you tell me in michigan, are there limited jobs as respiratory therapist, radiation therapist, radiologic technologist, or nuclear medicine technologist?
Med job openings: It looks like there are not a lot of jobs for nuc med tech in Michigan right now, but there are several openings for the others. These jobs are typically plentiful across the country. ...Read more
Expert opinions? Which modality exposes patient generally to more radiation, bone scan or computed tomography?
Sometimes same dose: Background radiation at sea level: 3 msv per year, denver residents get: 6 msv per year, cross country flight: 0.02 msv, x ray chest: 0.06 msv, ct head: 3 msv, ct chest: 5 msv (equivalent to 100 chest xrays) ct abdomen: 5-10, average bone scan 6.5 msv. Radiation depends on size of patient." radiation affects growing body in children more than adults. Doses to children are much less. ...Read more
Not usually: Not usually nuclear medicine affecting ct but the opposite. However ct scan with intravenous iodine contrast materials can affect thyroid scans and thyroid uptake. Renal GFR studies using glofil with i125 are also affected by iodine contrast of ct. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: All imaging tests that expose a patient to radiation should only be performed for certain conditions/symptoms. That is called appropriate use. Medical radiation is a useful tool, but it should not be used unless necessary to help make a diagnosis. Radiology is always trying to balance radiation dose with image quality. This is called alara - as low as reasonably achievable. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Team member: They are a scientist with a specialty in radiation physics who work with the radiation oncologist to plan the various radiation fields and doses required for treatment. This aids in reducing exposure of normal tissues to radiation and maximizes the dose to cancer tissues. They are an integral part of the health care team. It is a highly sought after position. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Get 3rd opinion: Everyone has lapses. Where there's differences of opinion, get the thoughts of a third physician -- a radiologist familiar with the clinical situation. ...Read more
On what basis an oncologist decides whether a uterine cancer patient needs internal radiation therapy or external radiation therapy after a surgery?
Not usually: Depends on nuclear study. A lot of CT exams such as chest and abdomen have more radiation dose than most nuclear medicine studies. A bone scan is more dose than the CT of brain. In any event if study is necessary for diagnosis to help patient the dose becomes insignificant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No known association: Mri relies on changing nuclear atomic spin, and does not change the chemical bonds of molecules, which can alter dna and cause cancer. However, the use of a contrast agent in patients called gadolinium during the procedure may induce the onset of a debilitating malady commonly known as nsf/nfd. This can cause fibrosing throughout the body. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/550783. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A radiologist: is a physician who has gone to medical school, completed a residency, and possibly a fellowship. A technologist has a 2 or 4 year degree. Radiologists supervise the technologists who take the images. Radiologists are also responsible for interpreting the images and generating a report. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Specialties: Nuclear medicine and radiation oncology or radiation therapy are not the same, but there is some overlap. Nuclear medicine typically includes some imaging like bone scans and pet scans as well as maybe some therapy with unsealed sources. Radiation oncology can also include unsealed sources (that's the overlap) as well as external beam rt and brachythearpy but no imaging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Both: The actual diagnosis of lymphoma requires tissue, usually excisional biopsy of an entire lymph node. Staging to see where other sites of disease could be is done with a combined PET/CT. The staging used to matter more many years ago when they would often give XRT or do surgery, it doesn't matter as much as it used to because almost everybody gets systemic chemotherapy for both Hodkins and non H ...Read more
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 treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quite different: Ct involves xray type radiation with cross sectional imaging in transaxial, sagittal, and coronal projections. Nuclear medicine, internal irradiation either injected intravenously, inhaled, ingested, injected subcutaneously.Ivp uses injection of contrast material for visualization of kidneys and bladder with x-ray. Mr imaging uses no ionizing radiation magnetic fields to generate x-sectional images. ...Read more
Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.
Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes giving radioisotopes by mouth or vein for the treatment of certain cancers (most commonly thyroid, lymphoma and bone mets) and hyperthyroidism. This is different than brachytherapy done by Radiation Oncologists in which radioactive seeds are put in a tumor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A radiology test: A nuclear scan is a type of radiology study that involves getting injected (or taking orally) a small dose of radioactive tracer that can be imaged by nuclear medicine specific scanners. It is unique in that it measures the physiology of the specific tracer instead of a person's anatomy. Typically, the radioactivity dose used for these exams is minuscule and presents no/little risk. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Sometimes same dose: Background radiation at sea level: 3 msv per year, denver residents get: 6 msv per year, cross country flight: 0.02 msv, x ray chest: 0.06 msv, ct head: 3 msv, ct chest: 5 msv (equivalent to 100 chest xrays) ct abdomen: 5-10, average bone scan 6.5 msv. Radiation depends on size of patient." radiation affects growing body in children more than adults. Doses to children are much less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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