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Nuclear medicine utilizes radioactive molecules (radiopharmaceuticals) for the diagnosis
and treatment of disease. The diagnostic information obtained from imaging the distribu-
tion of radiopharmaceuticals is functional and thus fundamentally differs from other imag-
ing techniques which are primarily anatomic in nature. The discipline of nuclear medicine
uses highly advanced technology whose main emphasis in providing functional, rather
than anatomical, information for patient management. Technological innovations are con-
stantly adding more sophisticated imaging devices that provide impressive sensitivity and
better resolution; hence nuclear medicine is a rapidly developing and changing field.
The idea behind this handbook is to acquaint students with the basic principles of nuclear
medicine, the instrumentation used, the gamut of procedures available, and the judgments
used to select specific diagnostic or therapeutic procedures and interpret results.
The book is for the students and professionals to: (a) be familiar with the common
indications for nuclear medicine procedures, (b) understand the pathophysiologic basis of
the common functional procedures, (c) understand the complementary role of diagnostic
nuclear medicine in solving various clinical diagnostic problems, and (d) understand the
basic principles of the therapeutic applications of nuclear medicine.
The book is written to go through with ease and yet includes the essential details since
it is crucial for the students and medical professionals to understand and be familiar with
nuclear medicine since it is now an important component of modern medicine which
should be utilized more effectively.