Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

Median Annual Wage: $72,100

Education: Associate's degree (63%); Bachelor's degree (22%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (6%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Staff Nuclear Medicine Technologist; Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT); Supervisor Nuclear Medicine; Radiation Safety Officer; Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist; Nuclear Cardiology Technologist; Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Lead Nuc Med Tech); Nuclear Medicine PET-CT Technologist (Nuclear Medicine Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography Technologist); Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Nuclear Med Tech); Senior Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

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  • Detect and map radiopharmaceuticals in patients' bodies, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images.
  • Process cardiac function studies, using computer.
  • Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and provide them with assistance during test procedures.
  • Prepare stock radiopharmaceuticals, adhering to safety standards that minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.
  • Produce a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.
  • Record and process results of procedures.
  • Calculate, measure, and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used, and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.
  • Perform quality control checks on laboratory equipment or cameras.
  • Dispose of radioactive materials and store radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.
  • Gather information on patients' illnesses and medical history to guide the choice of diagnostic procedures for therapy.
  • Maintain and calibrate radioisotope and laboratory equipment.
  • Measure glandular activity, blood volume, red cell survival, or radioactivity of patient, using scanners, Geiger counters, scintillometers, or other laboratory equipment.
  • Train or supervise student or subordinate nuclear medicine technologists.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

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