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Nuclear Chemistry - Extra Credit Assignment
“Nuclear medicine involves the injection of a radiopharmaceutical (radioactive drug) into a patient for either the diagnosis or treatment of disease.” (Anderson, 2004) It seems odd and seemingly dangerous for medical professionals to use radioactive drugs to complete diagnostic procedures in patients. Are the procedures effective and safe? Nuclear medicine is a complex subject and learning more about its history, how it is used in the medical community and whether it is effective may help determine whether its use is safe and efficient in treating patients.
According to News-Medical.net, a website dedicated to providing information about various medical topics, nuclear medicine was discovered in the early 1930s. (News Medical, 2011) Of most interest, is that nuclear medicine technology has expanded in the past 50 years. “Pioneering works by Benedict Cassin in developing the first rectilinear scanner and Hal O. Anger’s scintillation camera (Anger camera) broadened the young discipline of Nuclear Medicine into a full-fledged medical image specialty.” (News Medical, 2011) These devices allow medical professionals to view images of specific body organs to detect and treat medical problems in patients. Additionally, the discovery and development of Technetium-99m, a chemical element that is used with nuclear imaging technology and allows medical professionals to narrow screening observations, further advanced nuclear medicine technology. “Today, Technetium-99m is the most utilized element in Nuclear Medicine and is employed in a wide variety of Nuclear Medicine imaging studies. By the 1970s most organs of the body could be visualized using Nuclear Medicine procedures.” (News Medical, 20...

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...with furthering the development of this type of medical care, there are many options for career choices in this medical field.
Nuclear medicine is a complex subject. The advancements made in nuclear medicine over the past 50 years has been successful in that research and technology has enabled those involved in this study of medicine to treat, diagnose and perform procedures on patients more effectively. Nuclear medicine procedures are non-invasive and do not leave long lasting recovery complications to patients. Nuclear medicine continues to make strides in furthering its impact in the medical community through ongoing research and technological advancements. Although more work is needed to expand its efficiency and impact, it is likely to become practiced more widely in the future and could be a sound career choice for those interested in this field of study.
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