Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine doctors use radioactive substances to examine the physiological processes in diseases. This can help with the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening or chronic conditions.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

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Nature of the work

Doctors in nuclear medicine use unsealed radioactive materials for functional imaging and therapeutic procedures

Nuclear medicine specialists deals with a range of pathology across all age ranges, but specific clinical practice involves major input in:

Services are hospital based and are either integrated with radiology departments or as their own stand-alone facility.

Common procedures/interventions

Common procedures and interventions include:

Diagnostic tests, commonly including:

Therapeutic procedures, including:

Nuclear medicine is a varied speciality with the average week including clinical reporting sessions, multidisciplinary team meetings, preparing and reviewing patients for nuclear medicine tests and therapies and may also include a general medicine commitment.


Nuclear medicine can be combined with other sub specialties such as acute internal medicine and endocrinology. Sub-specialist areas also include:

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