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Inspiring New Generations in the Field of Nuclear Medicine. A Growing Discipline

Published:October 30, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2022.09.023
      We read with great interest the educational article by Allen et al. (
      • Allen SC
      • Schroeder J
      • Budigi B
      • Bennett P.
      Workforce pathway development: Evaluation of an educational seminar to increase student interest in the field of Nuclear Medicine.
      ), where seminars are held to awaken the interest of medical students in nuclear medicine. One of the possible causes of the low interest of students in radiology or nuclear medicine specialties is that the majority of medical programs do not have clinical rotations, especially in nuclear medicine. In addition, clinical exposure to these specialties is minimal, and only those who are genuinely interested voluntarily request an elective rotation. Other challenges are addressed in the article by Adedapo et al. These challenges are mainly divided into technical problems, which are derived from infrastructure, and the cost of nuclear medicine equipment. Another challenge is that physicians do not know when to refer patients for nuclear medicine studies and referrals are often inappropriate. Finally, the scarce support from the government further increases the obstacles faced by this area of medicine (
      • Adedapo KS
      • Onimode YA
      • Ejeh JE
      • Adepoju AO.
      Avoidable challenges of a nuclear medicine facility in a developing nation.
      ).
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