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Radiation protection in nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine uses radionuclides in medicine for diagnosis, staging of disease, therapy and monitoring the response of a disease process. It is alsoused in the basic sciences such as biology, in drug discovery and in pre-clinical medicine.

Nuclear medicine is described by three elements - clinical problem, the radiopharmaceutical and the instrumentation. Since nuclear medicine involves exposure of patients, the general principles of radiation protection should be applied.