Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Balancing the Benefits and Risks of Nuclear Medicine: A Safety Imperative

 Nuclear medicine offers remarkable diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, revolutionizing patient care. However, the use of radioactive materials presents inherent risks that demand unwavering attention to safety protocols. Regulatory authorities, such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, establish comprehensive standards for radiopharmaceutical handling, administration, and disposal. Compliance with these regulations requires specialized training for authorized users, meticulous documentation, and regular safety audits. As nuclear medicine continues to evolve, the integration of advanced technologies and the expansion of theranostic agents further emphasize the need for enhanced safety measures. By fostering a culture of education, accountability, and adherence to best practices, the nuclear medicine community can responsibly harness the power of radioactivity to improve patient outcomes while prioritizing safety.

Citation: Heston TF, Tafti D. Nuclear Medicine Safety. [Updated 2024 Mar 14]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan-. Available from: