How was nuclear medicine discovered?

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Jul 16, 2014

Nuclear medicine is based on the discoveries of many scientists.

It began when Frédéric and Irène Joliot-Curie discovered artificially produced radioisotopes in 1934.

Ernest Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron, recognized the possibilities for medicine.

In 1937 his brother, John Lawrence, administered phosphorus-32 produced by his brother to a patient with leukemia. This was the first time that a radioactive isotope had been used to treat of a human disease.

John Lawrence is now known as the father of nuclear medicine.