||Nuclear Medicine Technologist
|Duties and Responsibilities:
||Nuclear Medicine Technologists prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals
(radioactive substances) to detect and treat disease. They then position
equipment over patients to make images. These pictures allow physicians
to identify abnormal areas. This helps in diagnosing illness.
Nuclear medicine technologists explain these tests to the patients and
administer radioactive doses by mouth or injection. They also perform
laboratory tests on tissue samples. They must follow strict safety
regulations due to the dangers of radiation effects to their bodies and
Their work is performed in specialized hospital departments, clinics,
or laboratories. Level of work performed varies depending upon level
of training and education completed.
|Average Salary: $28,000 - $42,000
||Students should take the most challenging science, math, and English
courses available in high school.
Nuclear medicine technology training programs vary in length from one
to four years. One year programs that lead to certification are offered
by hospitals. Associate and bachelor degrees are offered in colleges
and universities. Courses include training in safety, radiation procedures,
physical science, effects of radiation to the body and organs, and computer
techniques. Almost all states require licensing, and all technologists
must meet federal standards for administering and using of radioactive
|For More Information:
||Society of Nuclear Medicine
- Technologist Section
1850 Samuel Morse Dr.
Reston, VA 22090