Today: 17.Oct.2017

European Association of Nuclear Medicine: Many people associate the term, nuclear medicine, with dangerous radiation. These concerns are unfounded. While it is true that radioactive substances are used, the exposure doses to the patient are so low according to the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) that they do not call into question the benefits of the diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities of nuclear medicine.

Mythri Shankar, M.D.: Dr. Mythri Shankar has trained extensively in Nuclear Medicine from various globally renowned institutions such as UCLA, Cedars Sinai, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and Harvard Medical School. She is a member of several international organizations such as the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the Society of Nuclear Medicine (USA & India). She is a member of the International Board of Advisors for Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA, website: efn-usa.org.

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Dr. Rodrigo Muñoz Casillas, Dra. Nora E. Kerik Rotenberg, Dr. Iván Eudaldo Díaz Meneses, M. en C. Carlos Alberto Reynoso Mejía. Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía “Manuel Velazco Suárez”: La Tomografía por Emisión de Positrones (PET) es la técnica de diagnóstico por imagen de medicina nuclear en la cual se aplica al paciente un radiofármaco (unión de un fármaco con farmacocinética conocida a un átomo radiactivo emisor de positrones). La PET/CT cerebral con 18F-FDG (análogo de la glucosa) evalúa el metabolismo glucolítico cerebral ya que éste proporciona aproximadamente el 95% del ATP necesario para la función cerebral.

IAEA, International Energy Agency, Jeremy Li: As the major research reactors that supply Mo-99 age and cease production, the alternative method discussed in the paper offers a simplified way to diversify production and help ensure continued supplies of Mo-99 so that nuclear medicine services are not interrupted. In 2009, reactors producing Mo-99 in Canada and the Netherlands were temporarily shut down for necessary repairs and maintenance. This caused major disruption in health care services worldwide, leading to cancelled medical scans and postponed operations, and in some cases requiring medical professionals to revert back to using old, less effective techniques.

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