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 dataprepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals that demonstrate the function of organs in the bodyexplain procedures to patients and enquire about previous diagnostic studies and medication, making sure they receive the correct preparation for the procedurecheck the patient's medical status and ensure their comfort, privacy and safety needs are met during the proceduredeliver findings of procedures to medical practitionersprovide diagnosis and treatment for cancer patientsperform laboratory procedures, including blood and specimen collection and quality control testingmake sure that radioactive materials are handled, stored and disposed of in a safe mannerperform routine quality control and testing procedures on instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals, data, images and computing systemsinitiate and participate in research programmes and in the development of new techniquessupervise 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.