6th December 2019

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What are some medical uses of radiation?

The most well known is using x rays to see whether bones are broken. The broad area of x-ray use is called radiology. Within radiology, we find more specialized areas like mammography, computerized tomography (CT), and nuclear medicine (the specialty where radioactive material is usually injected into the patient).

What are some radioisotopes used in medicine?

A radioisotope used for diagnosis must emit gamma rays of sufficient energy to escape from the body and it must have a half-life short enough for it to decay away soon after imaging is completed. The radioisotope most widely used in medicine is technetium-99m, employed in some 80% of all nuclear medicine procedures.

What is a radioisotope test?

A radionuclide scan is a way of imaging bones, organs and other parts of the body by using a small dose of a radioactive chemical. There are different types of radionuclide chemical. The one used depends on which organ or part of the body is to be scanned. Note: the information below is a general guide only.
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