Monograph: Nuclear Technology Saves Lives


Application of isotopes in medicine

Nuclear medicine uses different types of isotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The choice of these is conditioned by the need for them to be non-toxic, have an ideal type of radioactive emission, low energy and a short half-life, so that the absorbed dose is small. Their elimination must be rapid so that the time they remain in the organism is not prolonged.Read more

CERN, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), and THERYQ join forces to fight against cancer

A new cancer treatment makes it possible to treat tumours resistant to conventional treatments and lowers the human body's exposure to radiation to just milliseconds.Read more

Nuclear diagnostics for different diseases

Diagnostic tests involving radiation are an invaluable tool to manage many other diseases, including those affecting the lungs (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); kidney (stones; pyelonephritis); liver and gallbladder; pancreas; and the lymphatic and musculoskeletal system.Read more

Atoms for Health. The role of Nuclear Techniques in Medicine

For over 60 years, the IAEA has been supporting the safe and effective use of nuclear techniques in medicine around the world. When available, these techniques can help with the diagnosis, treatment and management of a wide range of illnesses.Read more

Infographic: Nuclear medicine and ionizing radiations

In medicine, ionizing radiation is used both for diagnosis, since it makes it possible to obtain images of the inside of people, and for the treatment of certain diseases.Read more