Recent Articles

Hey Radiology! Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week is Coming Up

Posted In: Info


From October 2nd through the 8th, radiology professionals all around the country will be recognizing Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week. That may be a mouthful, but it is nonetheless very important to spread the word. Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging are both cutting edge fields that are transforming the way we think about human health. Whether or not your patients and colleagues know much about these fields, their lives will definitely be impacted by them in the coming decades. As posters and marketing materials appear around your practice, here is some information you can share to help people understand what's going on.

What Are Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

These two closely related fields try to find ways to create images of tiny body processes (like cancer development, or Alzheimer's progression), so that treatment and prevention methods can be developed. Molecular Imaging focuses on creating pictures for diagnostics, and to help scientists better understand these microscopic events. Nuclear Medicine also creates images for diagnostics and therapy, but can also be used to deliver internal radiologic therapy for conditions like thyroid cancer.  

What Are Some Specific Examples of Current Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Practices?

That all sounds pretty interesting, but without concrete examples of the way radiologic technologists create these images, and how they are used in other departments, it's hard to grasp why this week is important. Fortunately, there are many examples of how these two fields are making amazing innovations.

  • Molecular imaging uses tiny radioactive "biomarkers" designed to latch onto specific cells in the body. These biomarkers make these regions "light up", allowing radiology professionals to see exactly where harmful conditions are developing. These include cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and more. By diagnosing these conditions early, they can often be cured.

  • Molecular imaging scientists are trying to develop ways to stop diseases before they even develop, by diagnosing body tissues that are in "pre-disease states." It's an amazing area of research, one that could improve countless lives and drastically reduce the cost of healthcare.

  • These imaging techniques are very useful in drug development. Currently, it takes an amazing amount of time and money to test a new drug and bring it to market. Most prospective pharmaceuticals do not pass the Federal testing phase. By using Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging techniques, drug tests can be much more focused and effective, making helpful new drugs available sooner, as well as finding safer drugs to replace older pharmaceuticals with dangerous side effects.

We at Techno-Aide are always fascinated by new developments in Radiology and diagnostic imaging. These fields may not use the traditional tools (X-rays and lead aprons) radiology has always known, but they are opening up entire new industries that will change the way disease is diagnosed and treated. Techno-Aide does carry a full line of top quality PET imaging clinical chairs that are used for molecular imaging. As an American designer, manufacturer, and retailer of the best radiology equipment anywhere, we are very excited about how Techno-Aide will be a part of the changing radiology landscape. We urge you to take part in October's Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week with us!




Join The Discussion

*Required Field