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  Published: 28/03/2018





Nuclear medicine uses unsealed sources of radioactivity for diagnosis and treatment1. Approximately 90 per cent of the work in this specialty involves diagnostic imaging. The images provide information that indicates organ function rather than structure. Studies cover patients from many different specialties - for example a bone scan may be requested by the departments of oncology, orthopaedics, general medicine, surgery or paediatrics. The range of available scans is expanding with the introduction of new equipment and new chemical tracers.

1 Requirements for Physician Training (Adult Medicine, New Zealand), RACP, 2000-2001, 135