Nuclear medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with the use of radiation to diagnose and treat a disease. It is safe, non-invasive and less expensive and often used to detect disease before symptoms appear. It is performed by a medical specialist called radiologist. Nuclear medicine uses radiation to provide diagnostic information.
Nuclear medicine first became recognised as a potential medical speciality in 1946. Nuclear medicine began more than 50 years ago and is now a vital medical specialty for both diagnosis and therapy of serious disease. During the mid 1960s, the use of nuclear medicine as a specialty discipline began to see exciting growth with significant advances in nuclear medicine technology. Today, there are approximately 100 different nuclear medicine imaging procedures are in use and Nuclear medicine is now an integral part of patient care and is extremely valuable in the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of numerous medical conditions.