medicine is the branch of medicine that uses the beneficial effects of raDIATion in the
diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. DRDO has been responsible for bringing in the
new technology to India and introducing specialised training for the aspiring nuclear
medicine physicians. Apart form the societal mission of diagnosis and treatment of
patients through nuclear medicine, DRDO has made several innovative contributions to the
field and has also served as a technology demonstrator for growth of nuclear medicine
centres in India which now stand at more than 150, spread all over the country.
From the Desk of
am glad to be the Special Editor for the Special Issue of Technology Focus on Nuclear
Medicine which is a focus on the Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences
(INMAS), a constituent establishment of the Defence Research & Development
Organization (DRDO). Atomic energy, in its peaceful applications, has influenced human
life tremendously. Nuclear medicine is one such aspect where this energy is used for
diagnosis and treatment of disease using unsealed sources of radioactivity. This modality
has provided an opportunity to understand the physio-biochemical process in vitro
and in vivo. The impact of this discipline in modern medicine was visualised by
DRDO in early sixties and the technology was adopted to the benefits of common man. This
multidisciplinary contribution was appreciated and a group comprising physician.
physicist, chemist and biologist was brought together to conduct R&D in field of
nuclear medicine and allied sciences. These allied sciences though required direct or
indirect application of radioisotope techniques, grew to a stage of important individual
It is pertinent to point that nuclear medicine is a discipline whose growth
in India in terms of technology and manpower development is mainly due to significant
contributions of DRDO. DRDO has developed nuclear medicine diagnostic technique for early
detection and follow-up of patients with infections and cancer. The nuclear medicine
procedures have led to the development of a thyroid treatment and research wing. This
Special Issue focuses on the capability of nuclear medicine as a frontline medical
discipline, the R&D contribution of DRDO, the facilities available for diagnostic and
therapeutic nuclear medicine and the future of nuclear medicine in the DRDO.
My sincere thanks are due to the scientists and staff of DRDO for their contribution to
the discipline over the years.
T Lazar Mathew