Wessam Bou-Assaly – A Brief Description of Nuclear Medicine

nuclear-medicine-2-1-728Nuclear medicine, like neuroradiology, is a subspecialty of radiology. Doctor Wessam Bou-Assaly completed his medical degree and his radiology residency in France. He then moved to the United States in order to complete a fellowship in neuroradiology and then nuclear medicine. He is a skilled professional who is dedicated to his career and medicine. There are several important facts about nuclear medicine.

Nuclear medicine a discipline that involves the application of radioactive materials during the diagnosis and treatment of an illness or disease. Medical professionals in this field record the levels of radiation that are emitted from the human body. When these professional do imaging, they are not focusing the creating the images, but instead, are focused on function of the image.

Professionals in this field create images of the human body using Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) or Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans. Physicians who specialize in this field are able to diagnose a variety of illnesses and diseases that may not be detected on normal imaging.

During this process, doctors will introduce radioactive substances into their patients’ bodies and then use the radiation that is emitted from the body to create an image. The patient will often ingest the radioactive substance. There are some risks involved with this procedure due to low level radiation exposure. Therefore, doctors who work in this field are required to have extensive training in order to make their patients as safe as possible. Wessam Bou-Assaly works and does research in this field of medicine.