Avoidable challenges of a nuclear medicine facility in a developing nation

Indian J Nucl Med. 2013 Oct;28(4):195-9. doi: 10.4103/0972-3919.121962.


The role of nuclear medicine in disease management in a developing nation is as impactful as it is in other regions of the world. However, in the developing world, the practice of nuclear medicine is faced with a myriad of challenges, which can be easily avoided. In this review, we examine the many avoidable challenges to the practice of nuclear medicine in a developing nation. The review is largely based on personal experiences of the authors who are the pioneers and current practitioners of nuclear medicine in a typical developing nation. If the challenges examined in this review are avoided, the practice of nuclear medicine in such a nation will be more effective and practitioners will be more efficient in service delivery. Hence, the huge benefits of nuclear medicine will be made available to patients in such a developing nation.

Keywords: Avoidable challenges; Nigeria; developing nation; nuclear medicine.

Publication types

  • Review