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Nuclear Medicine Specialists are medical doctors who specialize in the use of radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, to diagnose and treat various diseases. They use specialized imaging equipment, such as gamma cameras and PET scanners, to create detailed images of organs and tissues within the body and to measure their function.
Nuclear Medicine Specialists work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as Radiologists, Oncologists, and Surgeons, to diagnose and treat conditions such as cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, and bone and joint disorders. They may also be involved in developing new radiopharmaceuticals and other advanced imaging technologies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
To become a Nuclear Medicine Specialist, one must first complete medical school and a residency in Radiology or Nuclear Medicine. After completing their residency, they must also complete additional training and certification in Nuclear Medicine. This typically involves a fellowship program that focuses on the use of radiopharmaceuticals and nuclear imaging techniques.