# 32: Medical Applications of Nuclear Physics


Not only has nuclear physics revealed secrets of nature, it has an inevitable impact based on its applications, as they are intertwined with human values. Because of its potential for alleviation of suffering, and its power as an ultimate destructor of life, nuclear physics is often viewed with ambivalence. But it provides perhaps the best example that applications can be good or evil, while knowledge itself is neither.

Thumbnail: Whole-body PET scan using 18F-FDG. (Public Domain; Jens Maus (http://jens-maus.de/).

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