What is Nuclear Medicine?
Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that is used to diagnose and treat diseases in a safe and painless way. It uses small amounts of radioactive material are used to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. The procedures that are used are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, and therefore offer the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages.
When is Nuclear Medicine Used?
Molecular imaging procedures are used to diagnose and manage the treatment :
- Heart disease
- Brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Lung disorders
- Bone disorders
- Kidney and thyroid disorders, and more.
What are the Benefits of Nuclear Medicine?
- Examinations provide details on both function and anatomic structure of the body that is often unattainable using other imaging procedures.
- For many diseases, scans provide the most useful information needed to make a diagnosis or to treatment plan.
- less expensive than exploratory surgery.
- Offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stage, often before symptoms occur or abnormalities can be detected with other diagnostic tests.