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Education may mitigate patient worries about nuclear imaging

A survey of 100 patients set to undergo nuclear imaging found that their median nuclear medicine knowledge improved from "good" to "very good" after they were given an educational pamphlet on nuclear medicine radiation risks, and the median level of concern shifted from "slightly worried" to "not worried." The findings, presented at the SNMMI Annual Meeting, indicate clinicians should provide educational materials to patients, said researcher Dr. Shahin Nassirkhani.

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