To discover the level of knowledge
and understanding about nuclear medicine
techniques among current junior doctors
in a hospital setting.
A questionnaire was sent out to all Foundation Year 1 and Foundation Year 2 doctors at my institution, asking them to list as many nuclear medicine
investigations (with relevant indications) as they knew. All known nuclear medicine
therapies were also listed. The data from these questionnaires were analysed. The doctors were then given a lecture entitled ‘Introduction to Nuclear Medicine
’. The questionnaires were then sent out again 1 month later, and the data from them were re-analysed.
Each junior doctor, before the lectures, knew a mean of 3.1 investigations and 0.8 therapies. After the lectures, they were able to list a mean of 7.5 investigations and 3.4 therapies. This difference/improvement in knowledge
is statistically significant (P
Level of knowledge
regarding nuclear medicine
is poor among junior doctors
. After appropriate education, the audit
showed a highly statistically significant improvement in the level of knowledge
. A lack of exposure to nuclear medicine
, and its low profile in many hospitals, are the likely causes of the initial lack of awareness
. It is important to rectify this, not only for improving patient management, but also for the future of the specialty itself.