Nuclear Medicine Technologist


Work Tasks

NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGISTS administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients, then monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which they localize. They explain the test procedure to patients. They calculate and prepare the correct dosage and administer it to the patient by mouth or injection. They follow strict safety standards when preparing radio-pharmaceuticals to keep the radiation dose as low as possible. They operate cameras that detect and map the radioactive drug in the patient's body to create images on photographic film or a computer monitor. They produce the images on a computer screen or film for a physician to interpret.

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Entry Requirements

Programs for NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGISTS range from 1 to 4+ years and lead to a certificate, or associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree. Certificate programs are offered in hospitals, associate in community colleges, and bachelor's and master's in 4-year colleges and universities. Courses include physical sciences, the biological effects of radiation exposure, radiation protection, and imaging techniques. All nuclear medicine technologists must meet federal standards on administration of radioactive drugs and operation of radiation equipment.