Health

Nuclear Medicine

This week we look at diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nuclear medicine.

Episode 120 | April 29, 2011

Episode 120: Nuclear Medicine by Distillations Podcast

In the midst of Japan’s nuclear crisis, it’s easy to forget that radioactive isotopes are often employed to save human lives. This week we look at diagnostic and therapeutic applications of nuclear medicine. First, we learn how doctors use iodine-131 to eradicate cancerous thyroid cells that regular surgery can’t reach. Next, Distillations’ assistant producer Anne Fredrickson speaks with University of Pennsylvania’s Abass Alavi and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Andrew Newberg about their collaborative research in using PET scans to explore the efficacy of non-Western practices like meditation and acupuncture.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
01:10 Radioiodine
03:59 Interview with Abass Alavi and Andrew Newberg
11:51 Closing Credits

Credits

This show was written and researched by Hilary Domush and Michal Meyer.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley and Magnatune. Additional music includes “Eating Babyfood,” by Nalts, and “Forensic,” by Nick Murray.

Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.