Nuclear medicine technologists are trained to administer radioactive drugs, then perform nuclear imaging using specialized cameras. These scans detect abnormalities in how organs function.
A nuclear medicine technologist performs nuclear imaging tests like PET (positron emission tomography) scans and SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans on patients. These tests help doctors diagnose diseases.
The technologist prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals before beginning a scan—radioactive drugs that patients receive orally, by injection, or through inhalation. These drugs allow doctors to see abnormal areas of the body. Nuclear medicine studies include brain, thyroid, bone, cardiac, lung, kidney, and liver scans.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals orally or by injection or inhalation.
- Explaining the imaging procedure to patients, answering questions, and ensuring their comfort while placing them in the appropriate position for scanning.
- Operating imaging equipment, such as PET and SPECT scans.
- Processing images on the brain, thyroid, bone, heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver on the computer.
- Monitoring patients for unusual reactions to radioactive drugs.
- Keeping detailed records of the amount and type of radiopharmaceutical used and of the procedure.
- Producing computer-generated or film images for interpretation by the physicians.
- Following safety procedures to protect staff and patients from unnecessary radiation exposure.
- Maintaining and examining medical machines and imaging equipment.
- Maintaining current knowledge of the frequent advances, innovations, and developments in the field.
- 1-2 years recent work experience as a Nuclear Medicine Tech
- ARRT(N) or NMTCB certification
- State License (if required per state)
- Current BLS
- Current TB Screen
- Valid Photo Identification/Driver's License
- Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process