Patient Assessment And Followup

Each chapter in this text has a section specifically devoted to outlining the nuclear medicine physician's responsibility for patient assessment for treatment and follow-up. These specifics are also detailed in easy-to-read tables for quick reference as well. The nuclear medicine physician is responsible for final patient assessment for treatment. While this seems obvious, it sometimes seems that this responsibility is overlooked when the nuclear medicine practice is increasingly only having diagnostics as a focus. Good practice includes medical record review, including the laboratory, and diagnostic test results, consultation with the referring physician, and pretreatment consultation with the patient. This is an opportunity to educate the patient and their family of the treatment procedure, begin discussions about radiation safety, and follow-up procedures. The nuclear medicine physician is also responsible for obtaining informed consent from the patient for the procedure and making sure that radiation safety precautions are clearly understood. In the therapy process, follow-up plans are also very important. They may involve imaging, laboratory tests, and post-treatment visits with the referring physician. It is important for the nuclear medicine physician to make sure that care of the patient after radionuclide therapy is ensured, either in the nuclear medicine department, or by the referring physician.

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