There are a number of processes involved in health care that make use of the properties of the nucleus. Nuclear medicine is a broad term encompassing both diagnostic and therapeutic processes. To some extent this is unfortunate, since in the cases where nuclear radiation is involved the doses involved in diagnostic procedures are very small and those in therapeutic applications are very large. It is therefore important to make clear distinctions between the risks involved in diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Still another class of processes include diagnostic procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging which involve nuclear properties but do not involve any exposure to ionizing radiation.
Nuclear Diagnostic Procedures with No Ionizing Radiation
Nuclear Diagnostic Procedures with Low Dose Radiation
Nuclear Therapeutic Processes
Nuclear Applications to Health