Nuclear medicine encompasses all the techniques in which radioactive substances are used in humans for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. With the aid of nuclear medicine, the functions of various organs can be investigated by the administration of a very small dose of a radioactive medicine (physiologically active product bound to a radioactive isotope). Cameras detect the rays emitted by this isotope and produce images. Two types of examination procedures are used: scintigraphy and PET scans. Nuclear medicine also uses radioactive medicines in treatments to destroy diseased cells.
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