Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine uses small amounts of radioactive substances to look at what is happening to the body, not just the physical changes that have already taken place.

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Healthcare science staff working in this field will administer radiolabelled pharmaceuticals to patients and then take images and measurements using highly sophisticated equipment. These images will allow problems to be diagnosed, prevented and sometimes treated.

You will also:

  • be responsible for ensuring the safety of the patient
  • ensure the safety of your work colleagues during all aspects of the process
  • be involved in interpreting results

You’ll work as part of a team which includes other healthcare science staff working in physical science and biomedical engineering, doctors specialising in nuclear medicine and radiology and specialist nurses.

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More about Nuclear Medicine

In ‘Science Saves video on Nuclear Medicine’ Sophie Bissell, a Scientist Training Programme Alumni, talks about how radioactive materials are used to help diagnose and treat disease.

In ‘Healthcare Science at Work: Nuclear Medicine’ Jamie Grey and James Stevens show us how radioactive materials can be used in hospitals to treat cancer patients.

In ‘Healthcare Science at Work: Radiopharmacy’ Shazmeen Hansrod shows us the manufacturing of radiopharmaceuticals, which are used in hospitals to diagnose and treat diseases of specific organs.

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Last updated on 7th March 2022