Screening, Nuclear Medicine Exam

Nuclear Medicine

What does "nuclear medicine" involve? 

Nuclear medicine is a special process that uses radioactive materials for diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Through application of small amounts of radioactive substances, certain metabolic processes in the body are made visible.
 
The radioactive substances used are usually excreted very quickly, or break down so fast that the investigation does not strongly affect the body with radiation.

Nuclear-medicine diagnostics 

Nuclear-medicine examinations are often referred to as "scintigraphy", "scan" or "isotope investigation." Unlike many other examination methods, in nuclear medical investigations the function, instead of the structure, of organs and tissues is examined. This allows you to see abnormal changes very early - often sooner than with analytical methods, which focus only on the structure of organs and tissue.

Nuclear-medicine therapy 

Nuclear medicine is applied not only for the diagnosis, but also for the therapy of certain diseases. The principle is the same as for the diagnosis, i.e. radioactive substances are introduced into the body and these concentrate almost exclusively around the diseased processes. The radiation released is used for treatment instead of diagnosis. The difference is that the radiation from nuclear-medicine therapy can only travel a distance of approximately one millimetre. Thus the healthy tissue around the diseased process is almost completely spared from the effects of radiation. One example is the treatment of inflammatory joint diseases. More about this in the section labelled Therapy.

More information on nuclear medicine 

Nuclear medicine is offered here 

Nuclear-medical diagnostics is offered at the following locations of radiologicum munich: