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Vol . 8 No. 3 June 2000  

NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Nuclear medicine imaging under progress on a SPECT Gamma camera systemNuclear medicine is the branch of medicine that uses the beneficial effects of raDIATion in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. DRDO has been responsible for bringing in the new technology to India and introducing specialised training for the aspiring nuclear medicine physicians. Apart form the societal mission of diagnosis and treatment of patients through nuclear medicine, DRDO has made several innovative contributions to the field and has also served as a technology demonstrator for growth of nuclear medicine centres in India which now stand at more than 150, spread all over the country.

From the Desk of Special Editor

T. Lazar MathewI am glad to be the Special Editor for the Special Issue of Technology Focus on Nuclear Medicine which is a focus on the Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), a constituent establishment of the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO). Atomic energy, in its peaceful applications, has influenced human life tremendously. Nuclear medicine is one such aspect where this energy is used for diagnosis and treatment of disease using unsealed sources of radioactivity. This modality has provided an opportunity to understand the physio-biochemical process in vitro and in vivo. The impact of this discipline in modern medicine was visualised by DRDO in early sixties and the technology was adopted to the benefits of common man. This multidisciplinary contribution was appreciated and a group comprising  physician. physicist, chemist and biologist was brought together to conduct R&D in field of nuclear medicine and allied sciences. These allied sciences though required direct or indirect application of radioisotope techniques, grew to a stage of important individual activities.

It is pertinent to point that nuclear medicine is a discipline whose growth in India in terms of technology and manpower development is mainly due to significant contributions of DRDO. DRDO has developed nuclear medicine diagnostic technique for early detection and follow-up of patients with infections and cancer. The nuclear medicine procedures have led to the development of a thyroid treatment and research wing. This Special Issue focuses on the capability of nuclear medicine as a frontline medical discipline, the R&D contribution of DRDO, the facilities available for diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine and the future of nuclear medicine in the DRDO.

My sincere thanks are due to the scientists and staff of DRDO for their contribution to the discipline over the years.

T Lazar Mathew