Dr. Elmer B Santos, MD

Nuclear Medicine
Houston, TX 77030
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About Dr. Elmer B Santos MD

Dr. Elmer B Santos, MD is a doctor primarily located in Houston, TX. They have 30 years of experience. Their specialties include Nuclear Medicine.


UT MD Anderson Cancer Center 1400 Pressler St Houston, TX 77030


Dr. Elmer B Santos has the following 1 SPECIALTIES

Nuclear medicine specialists are doctors who have extensive training in the use of nuclear substances, like radiation, to diagnose and treat certain illnesses.These specialists perform diagnostic tests in which a small amount of a radioactive substance is injected into a vein, inhaled or taken orally by the patient. The radioactive substance then enables the nuclear medicine specialist to use a scanner to detect the radiation level in the part of the body being examined in order to create an image of it with a computer. The images tell the physician whether there are abnormal changes in metabolism which indicate whether a disease or injury is present. These tests are often used to detect cancer.In addition to detecting cancer, substances like radioactive iodine can be either injected into the blood stream or taken orally to fight cancer and other diseases. After being ingested, the substance is absorbed by the thyroid gland and abnormal thyroid tissues are destroyed.


30 Years Experience

University Of Santo Tomas

Graduated in 1991

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


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My first encounter with the growing area of nuclear medicine was during my medical internship. I was enthralled by the technology of the discipline, its biomedical functional imaging, and the use of isotopes as a tool for deciphering metabolic information. For these reasons, I elected to pursue training in this field at MSKCC, where the Nuclear Medicine Service is busy, advanced, and large. This training has made me a confident and a competent physician in general nuclear medicine. As a researcher, my aim is to answer pertinent questions in cancer biology and to gain an understanding of immune mechanisms, particularly T cell repertoire, using nuclear and molecular imaging modalities. I have been working on developing in vivo tumor models to study novel antitumor agents and utilize imaging to effectively follow tumor regression or progression. It is critical that precise measurement of tumor kinetics following therapy be determined -- for the most part early during the course of treatment -- so that suitable adjustments can be made to optimize therapy. These therapies include novel ligands, compounds, genetically modified viruses, genetically enhanced T cells, and genetically engineered antibodies. I have been using positron emission tomography (PET), computed axial tomography (CT), fluorescence, and bioluminescence optical imaging to understand the interaction of these molecules with tumor cells. My training in both clinical and research fields is an integral part of my general aspiration to carry on my work as a researcher and a clinician as well as a teacher.

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