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.