Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that is used to diagnose and treat diseases in a safe and painless way.  Nuclear medicine procedures permit the determination of medical information that may otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive and invasive diagnostic tests.  The procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease – long before some medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.  This early detection allows a disease to be treated sooner in its course when a more successful prognosis may be possible.

The above content is reprinted with permission from the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s pamphlet entitled “What is Nuclear Medicine?”.


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