Nuclear Medicine

By: Michael Quirk

Nuclear Energy

When we hear the word "Nuclear", we often think of dangerous weapons or massive amounts of energy. although this is true, Nuclear energy is not limited to just weapons and sources of electricity. Nuclear energy has recently made medical breakthroughs that have furthered our understanding of the body and new ways to treat diseases.

What is it?

Nuclear medicine consists of using nuclear energy to scan different parts of the body. By doing this, It is much easier to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and neurological disorders. Also, detection of diseases can be seen much earlier and therefore, the treatment can be administered much quicker. The most common example is CAT scans and X-rays.

Why is it good?

Nuclear medicine is groundbreaking technology that has helped save many peoples lives. It can diagnose deadly diseases, it can scan the most sensitive parts of the body, and it gives doctors a better understanding of what is going on in their patient. Although it is good, some people think that nuclear medicine is bad for several reasons. First, it emits small amounts of radiation that can effect some patients. Also, It is very expensive and costs a lot to operate and maintain. however, the good things about nuclear medicine far out way the bad. It saves lives faster than any other equipment around to date. With it, doctors know exactly what is wrong in the patient and can do their job much more effectively and quicker. Before, doctors truly didn't know the extent of the illness until they started the procedure or it was too late. In all, Nuclear medicine isn't perfect, but it is, by far, the best option for diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.