Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Summary

Nuclear medicine technologists are highly skilled medical imaging experts that use radioactive materials to diagnose physiological and metabolic changes within the body and treat diseases.

Duties & Tasks

Nuclear medicine technologists may perform the following tasks:

  • maintain and operate equipment such as gamma cameras and computing systems to acquire images and process and analyse patient data
  • prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals that demonstrate the function of organs in the body
  • explain procedures to patients and enquire about previous diagnostic studies and medication, making sure they receive the correct preparation for the procedure
  • check the patient's medical status and ensure their comfort, privacy and safety needs are met during the procedure
  • deliver findings of procedures to medical practitioners
  • provide diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients
  • perform laboratory procedures, including blood and specimen collection and quality control testing
  • make sure that radioactive materials are handled, stored and disposed of in a safe manner
  • perform routine quality control and testing procedures on instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals, data, images and computing systems
  • initiate and participate in research programmes and in the development of new techniques
  • supervise and educate students.

Working Conditions

Nuclear medicine technologists work as part of a team with other health professionals and medical staff.

Personal Requirements

  • interest and aptitude in science
  • able to work accurately
  • responsible and patient nature
  • sympathetic and understanding approach
  • able to work independently or as part of a team.

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