The history of nuclear medicine over the past 50 years reflects the strong link between government investments in science and technology and advances in health care in the united states and worldwide. A bone scan is a nuclear imaging test that helps diagnose and track several types of bone disease your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain a bone infection or a bone injury that cant be seen on a standard x ray harrisons principles of internal medicine 19th ed new york ny mcgraw hill education 2015 . Recent advances in nuclear medicine imaging technology statement of objectives upon completion of this material the reader should be able to 1 understand the physics and selection criteria of scintillation detectors. Major advances in nuclear medicine diagnosis and treatment exploratory surgery used to be the way doctors investigated health problems doctors would cut poke and prod. Snmmi looks to future advances in nuclear imaging field advances being made in the field include new tracers such as 18f flt 18f fmiso and 68ga dotatoc for oncology treatment monitoring expanded uses for new nuclear medicine therapies such as 223 radium dichloride
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