Radioisotopes are playing an increasingly important part in Australian life. They are widely used in medicine, industry and scientific research, and new applications for their use are constantly being developed. In many cases, radioisotopes have no substitute and in most of their applications they are more effective and cheaper than alternative techniques or processes.
Mazin Al Janabi -Nuclear Medicine is a medical speciality that uses the nuclear properties of radioactive elements in the diagnosis or therapy of diseases. The most visible component of this is in the use of gamma-ray emitting radioisotopes to produce images. There is also extensive use of in vitro diagnostic tests, and use of elements decaying with beta radiation producing higher radiation doses as therapeutic agents.
Medical imaging is one of the fastest growing disciplines in medicine. The development of innovative new imaging modalities and radiopharmaceuticals has improved the ability to study biological structures and functions in health and disease, and continues to contribute to the evolution of medical care.