The position of a positron emission tomography technologist requires a great deal of expertise in the radiology field. The responsibilities of a positron emission tomography technologist include research and the performance of procedures utilizing a positron emission machine. The positron emission tomography technologist works closely with patients, as they seek a diagnosis or treatment for an ailment or condition. A positron emission tomography technologist should therefore have the ability to be empathetic, they are occasionally delivering undesirable news to a patient. In addition, strong communication skills are essential. Moreover, excellent problem-solving skills are important, as it is essential to have the ability to analyze the patient's scan and develop an accurate diagnosis.
It is essential that the technologist stay abreast of all developments in the field of radiology, as it provides essential information that is needed for diagnosing and treating patients. A positron emission tomography technologist can work in various fields, but most technologists tend to work in the medical field.
The position of positron emission tomography usually requires an associate’s degree in the field of nuclear medicine. In addition, a positron emission tomography technologist usually needs to become certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In order to obtain certification, the technologist must have a minimum of 700 hours of practical experience.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Technologist Tasks
Calibrate, maintain and troubleshoot radiologic equipment.
Monitor patients' conditions and reactions during scan, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
Perform complex PET exams and transmission scans, consulting with Radiologist for appropriate scan procedure.
Review and evaluate computer generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.