Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

1200+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Nuclear Medicine Technologists include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 62.63% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 21.5% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

Tasks

    Calculate, measure, and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used, and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.

    Process cardiac function studies, using computer.

    Maintain and calibrate radioisotope and laboratory equipment.

    Dispose of radioactive materials and store radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.

    Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and provide them with assistance during test procedures.

    Produce a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.

    Detect and map radiopharmaceuticals in patients' bodies, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images.

    Administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation intravenously to detect or treat diseases, using radioisotope equipment, under direction of a physician.

    Perform quality control checks on laboratory equipment or cameras.

    Record and process results of procedures.

    Gather information on patients' illnesses and medical history to guide the choice of diagnostic procedures for therapy.

    Prepare stock radiopharmaceuticals, adhering to safety standards that minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.

    Position radiation fields, radiation beams, and patient to allow for most effective treatment of patient's disease, using computer.

    Add radioactive substances to biological specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces, to determine therapeutic drug or hormone levels.

    Measure glandular activity, blood volume, red cell survival, or radioactivity of patient, using scanners, Geiger counters, scintillometers, or other laboratory equipment.

    Develop treatment procedures for nuclear medicine treatment programs.

    Train or supervise student or subordinate nuclear medicine technologists.

Tools

Wipe test counters

Well counters

Ultrasound bone density scanners

Triple-head gamma cameras

Thermoluminescent dosimeters

Syringe shields

Surgical masks

All Tools

Subcutaneous hypodermic needles

Strip chart recorders

Spectrometers

Specimen collection containers

Single positron emission computed tomography SPECT calibration phantoms

Scintillation crystal detectors

Safety goggles

Rotating gamma cameras

Radiation uptake detectors

Radiation survey meters

Radiation shielding lead vests

Radiation shielding lead aprons

Radiation shielding gloves

Radiation protection eyewear

Radiation monitoring film badges

Radiation measurement phantoms

Pulse oximeters

Positron emission tomography PET calibration phantoms

Personal computers

Peripheral intravenous catheters

Patient positioning blocks

Oxygen delivery regulators

Mobile gamma cameras

Microhematocrit centrifuges

Metal laboratory tongs

Medical single photo emission computed tomography SPECT equipment

Medical positron emission tomography PET scanners

Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS

Medical image laser printers

Medical gamma cameras

Linear accelerator collimator equipment

Large-field gamma cameras

Laptop computers

Ion chamber survey meters

Intravenous IV sets

Intramuscular hypodermic needles

Infusion pumps

Geiger-Mueller meters

Gamma scintillation counters

Finger film badges

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Electrocardiography EKG units

Dual headed gamma cameras

Dual channel spectrometer systems

Dose calibrators

Digital ratemeters

Desktop computers

Computed tomography CT scanners

Blood drawing syringes

Beta vial shields

Automatic film developing equipment

Automated multisample liquid scintillation counters

Automated external defibrillators AED

Automated blood pressure cuffs

Technologies

MEDITECH software

Electronic medical record EMR software

Gamma camera software

Medovation RadRunner

Radiopharmacy inventory databases

Skills

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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