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