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What diseases can be diagnosed with Nuclear medicine?

With more than 18 million NM procedures performed in US every year and as many procedures carried out in the rest of the world, we need to know how patients can benefit from it, too.

There are plethora of diseases that can be diagnosed with nuclear medicine. First it can identify abnormalities deeper in the body without invasive procedures like surgery. Second, it can determine whether certain organs function as they should. Think about your heart. Using NM, it can be identified whether your heart pumps blood adequately, whether enough quantities of blood are delivered to the bran and whether the cells of the brain are functioning normally.

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What is nuclear medicine?

Here we will try to explain the medicine specialty as simple as possible for general audience.

Nuclear medicine (or NM) is used to diagnose and treat certain diseases in painless and safe way. It gathers medical information, which is otherwise unavailable, or require more invasive diagnostics. Nuclear medicine involved procedures that allow identification of abnormalities long before a disease progresses or detect early stages of diseases that can only be detected in later stages by other diagnostic methods.

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PET/MR can effectively diagnose cause of unclear foot pain

The March 2015 study in the journal of Nuclear medicine concluded that a single scan can diagnose cause of pain in the foot much better and using less radiation than other known methods. The information provided by the PET/MR scanning is much more reliable than that of a PET/CT scan.

Foot pain is quite irritating and sadly, quite common problem. Orthopedic surgeons have to use multiple imaging techniques to precisely diagnose the root cause. There was no single method of detection of wider range of causes. Up until now.

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The development of technology helped combine two very important and quite different imaging tools PET and MR. Together they can diagnose wide range of foot problems. Positron emission tomography (PET) is highly sensitive tool but lacks good detection of metabolically active benign bone disease. On the other hand, MR provides excellent details in soft tissue imaging. When combined detect very wide range of foot pathologies.

There are many industries where foot pain is very common. Finding an efficient diagnostic tool to detect the root cause of the unclear foot pain is a great leap in medicine. This is the answer of a problem was pending for a long time, waiting for a solution.

Often times patients have to endure their whole shift standing on their feet all day, day after day. In many of these cases the employees are working outside, wearing heavy insulated safety boots like these. While the boots do an excellent job at protecting the workers feet in the demanding conditions, still the additional strain on their feet takes its toll.

It is good news that thanks to innovation like these many cases of unclear pain in feet are finally demystified without having the patients exposed too much radiation. The innovations in today’s medical practice do add a new dimension to diagnosis, by changing the way where common diseases are found and treated. This ensures that the patients will receive the best medical and health care possible without many of the damaging side effect of the older technology.

For more information about the study, check the current and archived edition of the journal of nuclear medicine online here.

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Charity run to help raise money for Nuclear Medicine SPECT/CT Camera

A new campaign was launched to help raise funds for Nuclear Medicine SPECT/CT Camera. The new camera would help the Jacksonville’s Wolfson Children’s Hospital doctors make faster and more accurate diagnoses. The participants in the race had four options to choose from. They can opt to run in 55K Ultra Marathon, take part in 55K Ultra Relay, make a 30 K Individual Run or make a 1 mile fun run on a course through EverBank Field and downtown Jacksonville. Over 1,500 enthusiastic runners joined the initiative and took part in the challenge.

The kind hearted runners and the event organizers were hoping that the new camera would start a technology support endowment for Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jachsonville.

The event went under the slogan: Run for their health, and YOURS!

Everything was organized perfectly. The parking, medical air, properly marked trails, water supplies.

There will be another event this year, and you can read more information on the website of the charity event under the section: General information about the race. You can contact the right at the website or by emailing foundation@bmcjax.com or calling 904.202.2919, to learn more about the Wolfson Children’s Challenge in 2016.

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The NEXT EVENT – 2016:

It will take place on January 30, 2016 (Saturday)

Fee schedule (early birds)*:

55K Ultra Marathon Runner – $100 (per Ultra Runner)
55K Ultra Relay Team – $400 (per Team)
30K Individual Run – $60
1-Mile Fun Run – $15

Early bird fees are accepted through Dec 31, 2015. If you are late, you can register at a higher price.

Be aware that the entry fee includes runner’s bib, performance t-shirt and finisher medal. You are responsible to bring your our running gear consisting of one pair of athletic shoes or running sneakers, running top and bottoms, and a hat (optional).

About the Event: Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been a symbol of hope for many. However, it relies on the generosity of people like you to ensure that every child that needs proper health care continues to receive the world-class care they deserve. A part of all gifts will be matched by Baptist Health for the Wolfson Children’s Challenge Endowment. Consider participating or sponsoring the event. Let’s make this world a better place for our children!

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*The fees were accurate at the time of writing. For the most update information, please consult the the official page of the event.