Nuclear Medicine Physician
Nuclear medicine is a specialty that is part of the imaging team. The nuclear medicine physician uses small quantities of radioactive tracers to obtain images and analyze the function of organs and systems in the human body. They use some of these radioactive tracers to treat benign diseases and cancers.
Complementary to the anatomical imaging obtained in radiology, nuclear medicine offers a functional approach that proves to be a valuable aid in the investigation of many common health problems, such as cancers, heart disease, fractures, osteoarticular diseases, infections, pulmonary embolisms, Alzheimer's disease, inflammatory diseases, etc.
Radioactive tracers used in low doses have no side effects and do not pose a significant health risk. They can even be used in children and pregnant women. Some tracers are administered in higher doses to treat several forms of cancer, including thyroid cancer, prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumors.