Nuclear Medicine

The Specialty

Nuclear Medicine encompasses a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures using radioactive substances.

Common investigations are bone scans for malignancy, ventilation perfusion scans for pulmonary embolus, myocardial perfusion scan and renal studies to investigate relative function and kidney drainage. Radionuclide therapy is also used for target treatment of diseases such as thyrotoxicosis, severe joint inflammation or malignancies.

Essential Qualifications
MRCP or equivalent is essential. There is no need for previous knowledge of Nuclear Medicine as the basic science and clinical nuclear medicine teaching and experience are included in the SpR programmes. Radiologists with FRCR can also enter the specialty.

Personal Qualities

  • Good interpersonal relations are important due to the multidisciplinary nature of the specialty. The team may comprise physicists, technologists, radiographers, nurses and radiopharmacists as well as liaison with other consultants

  • Management abilities are a necessary part of running the department

  • Good clinical background

  • An interest in basic science