For most diagnostic studies in nuclear medicine the radioactive tracer is administered to a patient by intravenous injection however a radioactive tracer may also be administered by inhalation by oral ingestion or by direct injection into an organ the mode of tracer administration will depend on the disease process that is to be studied. Are nuclear medicine studies safe for children nuclear medicine studies have been performed on babies and children of all ages for more than 40 years without any known adverse effects the functional nature of these exams and the low doses of radiation used make it a safe and effective diagnostic tool in children. Note citations are based on reference standards however formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher classroom teacher institution or organization should be applied. Imaging of pregnant patients with ionising radiation from x rays ct scans and nuclear medicine studies is generally avoided if possible when it is required it is usually carried out after close discussion with the supervising nuclear medicine specialist
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