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Title: Converting energy to medical progress [nuclear medicine]

Converting energy to medical progress [nuclear medicine] For 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.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:786739
Report Number(s):DOE/SC--0033
TRN: US0109139
Resource Type:Technical Report
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Resource Relation:Other Information: PBD: 1 Apr 2001
Research Org:USDOE Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Washington, DC (US)
Sponsoring Org:USDOE Office of Science (US)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; DIAGNOSIS; DISEASES; GAMMA CAMERAS; GENETICS; NUCLEAR MEDICINE; PATIENTS; RADIATION DETECTION; RADIOPHARMACEUTICALS; US DOE; RESEARCH PROGRAMS NUCLEAR MEDICINE