Emerging molecular and precision medicine makes nuclear medicine a de facto choice of imaging, especially in the era of target‐oriented medical care. Nuclear medicine is minimally inva-sive, four‐dimensional (space and time or dynamic space), and functional imaging using radioactive biochemical tracers in evaluating human diseases on an anatomically configured image. Many ra-diopharmaceuticals are also used in therapies. However, there have been concerns over the emis-sion of radiation from the radionuclides, resulting in wrongly neglecting the potential benefits against little or any risks at all of imaging to the patients. The sound concepts of radiation and radiation protection are critical for promoting the optimal use of radiopharmaceuticals to patients, and alleviating concerns from caregivers, nuclear medicine staff, medical colleagues, and the public alike.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- 生物化學、遺傳與分子生物學 (全部)