At the instance of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, a RaDIATion Cell was established in 1956 at Defence Science Laboratory, Delhi. The initial assignment was to undertake a study on the consequences of the use of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. But it was soon realised that nuclear energy can also be harnessed for the good of the mankind.
Radioisotopes could find peaceful medical applications. The scope of work was, therefore, enlarged and the cell upgraded to RaDIATion Medicine Division in 1959. As awareness increased, so did the work and a full-fledged establishment was created in 1961 and named Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences. Since then we have traversed a long way, carrying out R&D and providing service as a model of excellence in various aspects of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences. The activities of the Institute have proliferated enormously over the years. Its areas of activity have been diversified to cover many fields of raDIATion and Bio-medical sciences. Availability of large number of diagnostic facilities (MRI, PET-CT, Gamma Camera, non-invasive imaging, Hormone assay techniques etc.) and basic research facilities (Flow Cytometers, Confocal microscope, Gamma irraDIATors, RT-PCR, HPLC, Fluorimeter etc) under one roof is uniqueness of this institute.
INMAS is engaged in research in the field of basic and applied medical sciences including development of Radioprotectors and treatment modalities for management of raDIATion emergencies, endocrinology, Biodosimetry, development of potential pharmaceuticals as contrast agents for nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging and strategies for Chemical -Biological-Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence, besides futuristic research on neuro-cognitive disorders.