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What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a subcategory of radiology that employs the radiation and emission of the radioisotopes to extract functional and morphological information about the specific organs for diagnosing or treating their possible diseases.

Nuclear medicine techniques are used to create various types of imaging for:

  • The Heart
  • Thyroid
  • Kidneys
  • Bones
  • Brain
  • Liver
  • and many other organs

Additionally, disorders in their functionality can be easily revealed by imaging techniques in nuclear medicine.


Nuclear medicine scan of a kidney.

Medical Imaging: CT, PET, SPECT, and MRI

Recommended Nuclear Medicine Textbooks

Image credit: Placek, Collette L. "Kidney Nuclear Medicine Scan." The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health, edited by Gale, 2nd edition, 2015. Credo Reference, Accessed 29 Aug. 2020.