Radiopharmaceuticals: Individualized diagnostics and therapy

Malignant tumors can be fought with X-rays – usually with radiation therapy from outside the body. Nuclear medicine physicians can also accomplish this inside the body with radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals. They also offer big benefits for clinical diagnostics as long as a specific target can be assigned to them.


Photo: PET-Scanner

Radiopharmaceuticals are drugs containing radionuclides whose radiation is used in diagnostic and therapy; ©

Photo: PET scan before therapy

PET/CT examination with the radiopharmaceutical Ga-68 DOTATOC of a neuroendocrine tumor before the begin of therapy; © Prof. Torsten Kuwert/UKE

Photo: PET scan after therapy

Partial treatment success of a neuroendocrine tumor through somatostatin radioreceptor therapy; © Prof. Torsten Kuwert/UKE

Photo: Melanie Günther; Copyright: B. Frommann

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