Nuclear medicine training and practice in Turkey

  • Zehra OzcanEmail author
  • M Fani Bozkurt
  • Belkıs Erbas
  • Hatice Durak
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Nuclear medicine applications in Turkey started in the early 1950s, grew as an independent medical discipline and finally were recognized by the Ministry of Health in 1973. Later on, the professional organization of nuclear medicine physicians and other related professionals including radiopharmacists and technologists under the Turkish Society of Nuclear Medicine were established in 1975. Recently after completing more than a half century in Turkey, nuclear medicine has proved to be a strong and evolving medical field with more than 600 physicians serving for the changing needs of clinical practice throughout these years. This article describes past and present facts in this field and attempts to provide insights into the future which hopefully will be brighter than before.


Nuclear medicine training Continuing medical education Turkish Society of Nuclear Medicine Turkey 



We acknowledge the respectful memories of our mentors who devoted themselves to nuclear medicine and made great contributions to develop this field in our country.

Compliance with ethical standards

This article does not contain studies with human participants or animals by any of the authors.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineEge University School of MedicineIzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineHacettepe University School of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear MedicineDokuz Eylül University School of MedicineIzmirTurkey

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