Nuclear Medicine: What is Nuclear Medicine Imaging?

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that involves the use of radioactive materials or radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Nuclear medicine scans provide information on both the anatomy and the physiology of the body. They also help determine the presence of disease based on the function of the organ, tissue or bone.

Nuclear medicine has made procedures like positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography scans efficiently possible and beneficial. These highly advance and equipped can produce x-rays which scan, detect and treat various medical conditions, very efficiently. Like every good thing in the world, nuclear medicine also has its own pros and cons. There are supporters supporting the undeniable benefits of nuclear and there are people who believe it can be harmful to human body. Listed below are few advantages and disadvantages of nuclear medicine that everyone needs to be aware of:

Advantages of Nuclear Medicine:

    Advanced treatment options

    Nuclear medicine has digitally and technically enhanced the treatment options for various medical conditions. One such ailment is cancer. Cancer treatment involves radiation and chemotherapy. In severe cases, when patients have lost hope of survival, nuclear medicine has been a blessing to them.

    Early detection of ailments

    Nuclear medicine is extremely capable of detection of highly severe medical conditions. Their precision is what makes people believe in its power. It has helped many physicians and other medical professionals detect difficult possibilities in early stage of treatments.

    Accuracy is the key

    This is the best advantage of nuclear medicine. Its accuracy has made many complicated medical procedures simpler. Its accuracy also allows in depth examination and analysis. The precise procedures do not leave any stone unturned when it comes to treatments. Traditionally for detailed diagnosis, patients had to undergo difficult surgeries and procedures. Nuclear medicine has made it much easier.

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