How to become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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.

Personal requirements of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

  • 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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 for a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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

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