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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
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Nuclear Medicine (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me how I could find a doctor who practices nuclear medicine?

Can you tell me how I could find a doctor who practices nuclear medicine?

With radiologists: Most practitioners of nuclear medicine are part of aradiology practice and be found in hospitals and in private practices. Nuclear medicine physicians can be trained by two or one year fellowships, or receive some training during radiology residencies..American Medical Association can supply names of practitioners in nuclear medicine. Society of nuclear medicine and American coll. of nuclear phys. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between diagnostic radiography and nuclear medicine?

Doctors, what is the difference between diagnostic radiography and 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 sensed by detectors. Nuclear medicine is sort of "inside out" imaging where a radionuclide source is injected into the body and the gamma rays which are emitted from the tracer are detected by the gamma camera outside of the body. ...Read more

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Should i go to the doctor? I think i jammed my finger in gym class today, but i'm not too sure. It's not swollen or bent, it just hurts a lot when i'm writing, typing or texting.

Should i go to the doctor? I think i jammed my finger in gym class today, but i'm not too sure. It's not swollen or bent, it just hurts a lot when i'm writing, typing or texting.

I : I would ice the finger and take Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) to help prevent swelling. Also refrain from using the finger (e.G typing / texting). If the pain does not subside in a day then have the finger examined, and if necessary x-ray'd. Even though it may not be broken, you could have sustained ligament damage. If you find that you have lost the range of motion in the finger you should seek help. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?

Hello docs, is chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?

No: No nuclear medicine can be used to treat/eliminate cancer but it uses a completely different mechanism to fight cancer. Most chemo uses chemicals to interrupt the cell cycle to cause cell death. Nuclear medicine uses beta and now Alpha radiation to eliminate the cancer cells. ...Read more

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Is cancer chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?

Is cancer chemotherapy a type of nuclear medicine?

Chemotherapy nuclear: Chemotherapy is a chemical, usually a toxic chemical that one would consider poison if used in a particular way. It is in no way nuclear or radioactive. That would be radiation. ...Read more

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My hida scan was unable to be done due to the nuclear medicine staying in my gallbladder and not releasing into my bowel. Does this mean my gallbladde?

My hida scan was unable to be done due to the nuclear medicine staying in my gallbladder and not releasing into my bowel. Does this mean my gallbladde?

Need more info: If the scan was a hida with cck (sincalide) augmentation, and the gallbladder (gb) filled with radioactive bile and then did not empty when cck was given, the gb ejection fraction should be low, and that indicates gb dysfunction. If the radioactive substance (hida) did not even make it into the gb, it could be chronic or acute cholecystitis. Either way, please see your healthcare provider. ...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 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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