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TitleConverting Energy to Medical Progress [Nuclear Medicine]
Publication DateApril 01, 2001
Report NumberDOE/SC--0033
Unique IdentifierACC0061
Other NumbersOSTI ID: 786739
Research OrgUSDOE Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Washington, DC (US)
Sponsoring OrgUSDOE Office of Science (US)
Subject62 Radiology and Nuclear Medicine; Diagnosis; Diseases; Gamma Cameras; Genetics; Nuclear Medicine; Patients; Radiation Detection; Radiopharmaceuticals; US DOE; Research Programs
KeywordsNuclear Medicine
Related Web PagesPeaceful Uses of the Atom
AbstractFor over 50 years the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has been investing to advance environmental and biomedical knowledge connected to energy. The BER Medical Sciences program fosters research to develop beneficial applications of nuclear technologies for medical diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. Today, nuclear medicine helps millions of patients annually in the United States. Nearly every nuclear medicine scan or test used today was made possible by past BER-funded research on radiotracers, radiation detection devices, gamma cameras, PET and SPECT scanners, and computer science. The heart of biological research within BER has always been the pursuit of improved human health. The nuclear medicine of tomorrow will depend greatly on today's BER-supported research, particularly in the discovery of radiopharmaceuticals that seek specific molecular and genetic targets, the design of advanced scanners needed to create meaningful images with these future radiotracers, and the promise of new radiopharmaceutical treatments for cancers and genetic diseases.
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