Medical uses of Radiopharmaceuticals

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PharmaTutor (August- 2015)


Print-ISSN: 2394 - 6679
e-ISSN: 2347 - 7881
(Volume 3, Issue 8)


Received On: 08/04/2015; Accepted On: 14/04/2015; Published On: 01/08/2015


AUTHORS: Mohammad Akbar Dar, Mubashir Hussain Masoodi*, Saeema Farooq
Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India


ABSTRACT: A radiopharmaceutical is a preparation intended for in-vivo use that contains a radionuclide in the form of a simple salt or a complex. It may exist as a solid, liquid, gas or a pseudo gas. The chemical and physical identity and a form of a radiopharmaceutical are very important because in each case, once administered the radiopharmaceutical is intended to target certain tissues, binding sites, biochemical pathways. A radiopharmaceutical can be used for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes depending on its specific physicochemical and radiation properties. The characteristic of radioactive decay is what makes radioisotopes useful in their medical applications; however, different applications will take advantage of radioactive emissions in different ways. Radioactive materials are regularly used to treat medical conditions, diagnosis pathology, visualize and measure physiological functions, and localize structures and pathways. This review describes both the therapeutic as well as diagnostic uses of radiopharmaceuticals.


How to cite this article: MK Dar, MH Masoodi, S Farooq; Medical uses of Radiopharmaceuticals; PharmaTutor; 2015; 3(8); 24-29