The ABMS Member Boards - Nuclear Medicine

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American Board of Nuclear Medicine
4555 Forest Park Blvd., Suite 119
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-2225


Nuclear Medicine

A Nuclear Medicine specialist uses molecular tracers (usually labeled with radioactive atoms) for diagnosis and therapy. These labeled tracers are most often used  to produce images that provide information about organ function, as well as cellular function on a molecular level (molecular imaging). Molecular imaging can be combined with anatomical imaging by using specialized cameras. The most common diagnostic applications of Nuclear Medicine include the early detection of coronary artery disease, cancer diagnosis and staging and the evaluation of the effect of cancer treatment. The fusion of molecular and anatomical information increases diagnostic accuracy and changes medical management. Radioactive materials are also used to treat a variety of health problems, including thyroid disorders and cancer.

Subspecialty training required prior to Board Certification: Sixteen months to three years, depending on prior training in other specialties

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    Questions to ask your nuclear medicine specialist

    What are the benefits and risks to the procedure?

    How is the procedure performed? How long will it take?

    What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

    What does the equipment look like?

    What will I experience during and after procedure?

    Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

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