Radioactive drugs, known as radiopharmaceuticals, give off radiation, allowing special scanners to monitor tissue and organ functions. Abnormal areas show higher-than-expected or lower-than-expected concentrations of radioactivity. Physicians then interpret the images to help diagnose the patientís condition. For example, tumors can be seen in organs during a scan because of their concentration of the radioactive drugs.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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