Diagnostic applications

One of the primary applications of nuclear medicine is in diagnostics. With the help of positron emission tomography (PET) scans, healthcare professionals study the metabolic activity and molecular functions of different organs and determine any abnormalities. Thus, nuclear medicine offers a wide range of diagnostic procedures that aid in the detection of various diseases. PET scans play a crucial role in the diagnosis of cancers.

By injecting the radioisotope drugs into the bloodstream, doctors identify the cancers affecting different parts of the body such as bones, lungs, prostate, stomach, adrenal glands, etc. The radioisotope drugs identify the abnormal metabolic functions that occur inside the body cells and helps in determining the specific types of cancers.