Molecular Medicine characterizes and quantifies phenomena that occur at cellular and molecular level, using radionuclides or radiopharmaceuticals and advanced imaging technologies.
The Molecular Medicine techniques may intervene in the diagnosis and treatment of several diseases. In the area of diagnosis, among the most known exams are bone scintigraphy and positron emission tomography (PET). The radiation doses used by molecular medicine diagnosis techniques are similar to those of conventional radiologic methods, having a low risk associated with these exams.
When the molecular medicine techniques are used for diagnostic purposes, the distribution of compounds administered to the organism is observed from images obtained through detection of the radiation emitted in specific equipment. Certain diagnostic tests also use compounds (probes), that identify receptors associated to molecules characteristic of the pathologic processes in study.
In many situations, the high sensibility of the molecular medicine techniques enables a very early detection of physiologic alterations, before the presence of structural alterations, which allows the prompt establishment of a diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Molecular medicine exams are easy to perform and present low morbidity and practically null mortality.
Learn more about the Department of Molecular Medicine, its team and exams performed:
- Departments and assistance lines – Molecular Medicine
- Departments and assistance lines – Diagnostic Exams – Molecular Medicine
The Department of Molecular Medicine is located on Floor -1, with access by escalator or unit B closest elevators, from main entrance on Floor 0 or from car parking floors.