Nuclear medicine is a specialty where various radioactive materials are used, which through their gamma rays will emit the internal images of the body, especially the place you’re examining exactly.
It’s an alternative way to be able to visualize more deeply how the patient is and thus give a more accurate diagnosis. Here we leave you some facts about nuclear medicine you must know:
They give a wider diagnosis
Through nuclear medicine, you can provide a broader diagnosis of what you’re studying. X-rays and all the technological forms to examine have become the most reliable way to detect any disease or condition.
The nuclear medicine exams you can do are those of computed tomography (CT), radiographs or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); where you will get an image of the inner part of the body.
The exams you can submit to nuclear medicine are cheaper than exploratory surgeries, also they are simpler and less risky.
Works for therapies
It is also applied in therapeutic procedures, such as radioactive iodine therapy (I-131), which is the procedure to be applied for patients with cancer.
Normally this type of exam is applied to detect diseases or conditions such as respiratory problems, blood flow problems, bone evaluation and any fracture, tumor or infection that has been suffered; abnormalities in the brain, neurological disorders, cancer, and many other things.
The way nuclear medicine has benefited the world is incredible because through it millions of lives have been saved by detecting diseases on time or by applying radiation treatments. We hope it will continue to advance and we can find more advantages in nuclear medicine.