Nuclear Medicine Therapy & Theranostics

WHAT IS NUCLEAR MEDICINE?

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medicine that uses small amounts of radioactive material (Radiopharmaceutical) in diagnosis and treatment of various diseases

Nuclear Medicine Tests are safe and painless. They allow quick and accurate diagnosis of a wide range of conditions and diseases.

Nuclear Medicine Therapy is used to control, and in some cases cure, a range of conditions such including overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and selective cases of inflamed joints (Radiation synovectomy).

It is also used in treatment of various cancers including Thyroid Cancers, Neuroendocrine tumors, Prostate cancers, Lymphomas and Liver tumors. Few of the radiopharmaceuticals are used for palliation of bone pain in patients with extensive bone metastases.

Nuclear Medicine diagnostic procedures help to identify the disease in early stages and also help to assess immediate response to various therapies. It is because of their ability to exactly pinpoint the molecular activity within the body.

HOW IS NUCLEAR MEDICINE USED FOR DIAGNOSIS?
Nuclear Medicine Therapy & Theranostics

Nuclear Medicine Imaging Procedures are mostly non-invasive procedures. With the exception of an intravenous injection in some scans, these usually do not cause much discomfort. The Radiopharmaceuticals or Radiotracers used in these scan saccumulate at the area of the body being examined and emits energy mostly in the form of gamma rays or positrons. These are detected by a special camera that produces pictures and provides molecular information.

Whenever required doctors can superimpose nuclear medicine images with Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to produce special views that provide more precise information and accurate diagnoses.

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON USES OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING PROCEDURES?

Nuclear Medicine has applications across a broad spectrum of disease, focusing in particular on Oncology, Cardiology, Nephro-Urology, Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, and Nuropsychiatry. Nuclear Medicine Imaging Procedures are used by Physicians to visualize the function of an organ, tissue, bone of system within the body.

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