: Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a specialized branch of modern medicine
that exploits the process of radioactivity for imaging, diagnosis, and
treatment. Many imaging techniques inject small amounts of radioactive material
into the body, which are then tracked by a sensing device specific to the type
of radiation emitted from that material. Radiation has also been used to
destroy diseased tissue, typically beyond the reach of standard surgical
techniques.

Using the readings for this module, the Argosy University
online library resources, and the Internet, write a paper on nuclear medicine.
Address the following:

  • Explain
    the scientific and technical concepts related to nuclear medicine.
    Consider the following questions when you construct your response:

    • What
      type of radiation is typically exploited in most nuclear medicine
      procedures?
    • How
      are patients prepared for nuclear medicine procedures?
    • What
      are the advantages and limitations of nuclear medicine?
    • What
      ailments are typically diagnosed and treated via nuclear medicine
      procedures?
  • Evaluate
    a minimum of three applications of nuclear medicine relating to any of the
    following topics:

    • Positron
      Emission Tomography (PET) scans
    • Gallium
      scans
    • Indium
      white blood cell scans
    • Iobenguane
      scans (MIBG)
    • Octreotide
      scans
    • Hybrid
      scanning techniques employing X-ray computed tomography (CT) or magnetic
      resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Nuclear
      medicine therapy using radiopharmaceuticals

Support your statements with examples. Provide a minimum of
three scholarly references.

Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards
to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention:
LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc.

 
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