Special Issue Introduction
Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, nuclear medicine is having its time to shine. Nuclear medicine, which relies on the use of radioactive drugs or radiopharmaceuticals (RPs) for either diagnostic or therapeutic purpose, has rapidly become a crucial medical field. Nuclear-derived techniques, such as RT-PCR, are important tools in the rapid detection and characterization of viruses, like the one causing COVID-19.
Nuclear Medicine has played a key role in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart, lung and kidney conditions as well as infectious diseases by injecting a radiolabeled molecule as a biomarker and thus nuclear-assisted tests can be used to detect the novel coronavirus and track its transmission paths.