Nuclear Medicine Technologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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Job Description

 

Nuclear medicine is used to diagnose and treat disease by utilizing radionuclides – unstable atoms that spontaneously emit radiation.

Radionuclides undergo a purification and compounding process like other drugs to form useful radiopharmaceuticals.

These radiopharmaceuticals are prepared and administered by the nuclear medicine technologist, a highly specialized health care professional.

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Responsibilities

 

The nuclear medicine technologist uses specialized equipment to monitor the characteristics and functioning status of tissues or organs in which the radiopharmaceuticals collect.

Abnormal areas are identified by higher or lower than normal concentrations of radioactivity.

The nuclear medicine technologist operates the computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners that are used as a part of nuclear medicine procedures.

The main responsibilities of the technologist include:

  • The preparation and administration of medications and radiopharmaceuticals needed for patient imaging and therapeutic procedures

  • Using advanced computer technology to process data and enhance digital images

  • Analysis of data and patient information, along with providing images, used for diagnostic interpretations or therapeutic procedures

  • Assessing the technical quality and calibration of instrumentation by evaluation of images

  • Assessing efficacy of new protocols

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Skills

 

Attention to Detail

Must be careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Missing small things can have big consequences in this field since you're dealing with radiopharmaceuticals.

Autonomy

Must develop your own ways of doing things since you will mainly work alone. Must be able to guide yourself with little or no supervision, and depend on yourself to get things done.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself and patients under your care to make improvements or take corrective action.

Science

Must be able to use scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Concern for Others

Must be sensitive to others' needs and feelings and be understanding and helpful on the job. Patients you encounter will be going through difficult times and you must be empathetic towards them.

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Working Conditions

 

A nuclear medicine technologist will typically work a 40-hour week. Evening or weekend rotations may be included in departments that work on an extended or around-the-clock schedule. Part-time and shift work opportunities are common. There may occasionally be an on-call assignment required.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
03.20.2017
Qualifications: Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist (ARRT or NMTCB) Current Indiana License Must be a goal-oriented team player with a positive attitude and excellent customer service skills.
03.24.2017
The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is responsible for performing all technical duties involving the use of imaging equipment and the administration of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as prescribed by the Medical...
02.22.2017
Orders Nuclear Medicine supplies storeroom and radionuclides. Performs radionuclide procedures, with limited supervision. Prepares solutions and materials. Performs equipment calibration and radioisotope assay operations....
03.24.2017
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03.08.2017
To operate scintillation detectors and computers which produce images and measure concentrations of radionuclides in specific body areas and body products to obtain information for diagnosis. To assist with the therapeutic administration of...
03.24.2017
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03.24.2017
Must be a graduate from an accredited Nuclear Medicine program with at least 1 year of Nuclear Medicine experience preferred. NMTCB Certification required.
01.19.2017
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03.24.2017
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03.24.2017
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03.31.2016
The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine invites applications for a full-time Tenure Track Assistant Professor position in the Nuclear Medicine Section within the Department of Radiology. The candidate would be expected to spend 50%...
03.24.2017
Job Location The Nuclear Medicine Technologist position is located on the south side of Indianapolis, IN Job Duties The Nuclear Medicine Technologist will perform Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine procedures according to physician...
03.24.2017
Supports Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities. Performs professional duties involved in a variety of technical procedures to apply prescribed ionizing radiation for radiological diagnosis of...
01.04.2017
Baystate Noble Hospital is a 97-bed acute care community hospital providing a broad range of services to the Greater Westfield community. We offer direct access to world-class technology, diagnostics, and specialists as a proud member of Baystate...
12.20.2016
The Nuclear Medicine Supervisor assists the departmental managers in the supervision, coordination, and management of personnel in area of expertise and assists with educational programs, orientation and evaluation of new employees. Serves as a...
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  14. Nuclear Medical Technologist PD Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    Baystate Noble Hospital is a 97-bed acute care community hospital providing a broad range of services to the Greater Westfield community. We offer direct access to world-class technology, diagnostics, and specialists as a proud member of Baystate...
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