Innovations in Nuclear Medicine Training Emerge
Nuclear medicine is a hot topic right now, and it’s no surprise really. It’s a branch of medical imaging that uses radioactive material to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases including heart disease, neurological disorders, and many types of cancer.
One recent article published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) takes a look at the progression of nuclear medicine in precision medicine and how it can evolve moving forward.
The authors of the study are David Mankoff, MD, Ph.D., and Dabiel A. Pryma, MD, and they present their case for partnering with radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. During the study, they outline the importance of collaborative training and propose two options for the merging of nuclear medicine and radiology. The first is involves a 16-month nuclear medicine training plan integrated into a four-year diagnostic radiology residency. This is then followed by a one-year nuclear radiology/nuclear medicine fellowship coupled with fourth-year training.
Johannes Czerin, MD, editor in chief of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine has an alternative view. “Nuclear medicine originated in medicine and not radiology. In large parts of the world, nuclear medicine is independent and thriving,” he said. “Graduates of these programs are highly skilled experts that have shaped the field for more than a decade.”