Radiopharmaceutical science is a multidisciplinary field encompassing chemistry, physics and biology. It is the science of incorporating a suitable radionuclide into a pharmaceutical or other biologically active molecule in vivo physiological or biochemical processes. The resulting radiopharmaceuticals are used in the diagnostic imaging or therapy of patients with cancer.

A radiopharmaceutical scientist is a specialist profession with a chemistry, pharmacy or sciences background and is involved in the design, manufacture and analysis of radiopharmaceuticals. By utilising their scientific knowledge and analytical skills, radiopharmaceutical scientists also provide knowledge and guidance on the safe use of these products in the clinical environment.

To enhance the understanding of this small but critical workforce in the NSW Health context, a Radiopharmaceutical scientists fact sheet has been designed and validated through consultation with key stakeholders. The fact sheet contains valuable information about the radiopharmaceutical science workforce which will be of use to those considering a career as a radiopharmaceutical scientist. It will also be of assistance to NSW local health districts, health services and other organisations whose role it is to support the ongoing development of this workforce. ​

What is Radiopharmaceutical Science?

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Student Perspectives - Radiopharmaceutical Science

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Current as at: Wednesday 13 June 2018