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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:
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.
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.
Wipe test counters
Ultrasound bone density scanners
Triple-head gamma cameras
Surgical masksAll Tools
Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
Strip chart recorders
Specimen collection containers
Single positron emission computed tomography SPECT calibration phantoms
Scintillation crystal detectors
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
Positron emission tomography PET calibration phantoms
Peripheral intravenous catheters
Patient positioning blocks
Oxygen delivery regulators
Mobile gamma cameras
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
Ion chamber survey meters
Intravenous IV sets
Intramuscular hypodermic needles
Gamma scintillation counters
Finger film badges
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Electrocardiography EKG units
Dual headed gamma cameras
Dual channel spectrometer systems
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
Electronic medical record EMR software
Gamma camera software
Radiopharmacy inventory databases
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
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.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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