What does a Nuclear Medicine Technologist do?
A Nuclear Medicine Technologist operates high tech medical equipment used in the diagnosis of many diseases and injuries. They utilize gamma cameras to attain functional images and process the image data using computers. They also prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals and perform certain non-imaging studies as necessary, occasionally assisting with some radiotherapy procedures. In addition to working with complex apparatus, nuclear medicine technologists also spend a substantial amount of time working with people. Patients may be under considerable physical and mental stress, but technologists needs to treat each person with professional care. Nuclear medicine technologists must be able to communicate with patients in order to get the right medical information needed for an accurate diagnosis.
Types of Work Environments
- Imaging clinics
Education and Training Requirements
Nuclear medicine technologists qualified for jobs have completed a nuclear medicine education program (associate's or bachelor's degree) and possibly earned certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB). Many technologists also begin as a radiology technologist or ultrasound technician and undergo additional training and certification to become a nuclear medicine technologist.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median salary for nuclear medicine technologists is approximately $75,660 per year.