Everything you want to know about nuclear medicine

Department: Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging, UMCG

Supervisors: Prof. J. Pruim PhD, nuclear medicine physicianPruim

The medical specialty of nuclear medicine concerns the development, improvement and application of radiopharmaceuticals for functional imaging, in particular PET and SPECT. These imaging techniques allow noninvasive visualization and quantification of biochemical processes not only for diagnostic purposes, treatment selection and therapy evaluation, but also to acquire scientific information on body function in experimental animals, healthy volunteers and patients. Hence the name ‘molecular imaging’. As a consequence, nuclear medicine is ideally suited to bridge the gap between basic science concepts (pharmacology, molecular biology) and clinical applications in a wide variety of medical fields, such as oncology, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry and inflammatory diseases.

The aim of this workshop is to give students more insight into nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and their roles in clinical practice. The analysis and interpretation of clinical scans will be addressed. We will focus on oncology ma
inly. During this workshop, students have the possibility to ask everything they want to know about nuclear medicine, so be sure to prepare some questions!