Nuclear Medicine Technologist Responsibilities:
- Preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals orally or by injection or inhalation.
- Explaining the imaging procedure to patients, answering questions, and ensuring their comfort while placing them in the appropriate position for scanning.
- Operating imaging equipment, such as PET and SPECT scans.
- Processing images on the brain, thyroid, bone, heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver on the computer.
- Monitoring patients for unusual reactions to radioactive drugs.
- Keeping detailed records of the amount and type of radiopharmaceutical used and of the procedure.
- Producing computer-generated or film images for interpretation by the physicians.
- Following safety procedures to protect staff and patients from unnecessary radiation exposure.
- Maintaining and examining medical machines and imaging equipment.
- Maintaining current knowledge of the frequent advances, innovations, and developments in the field.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Requirements:
- An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
- A state license and certification to practice Nuclear Medicine.
- The ability to competently operate imaging equipment.
- Good manual dexterity and mechanical abilities.
- Good communication skills and empathy when dealing with patients and their families.
- Strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
- The physical stamina necessary to stand for long periods of time and lift patients who need help moving.