Senior nuclear medical technologists are employed primarily by healthcare organizations such as hospitals and other medical centers. Most employers prefer applicants who have an associate's or bachelor's degree in nuclear medicine or a related scientific field. Employers are also searching for applicants with previous experience in the field, as this is a senior-level position. Certification is typically required in two forms: a certificate for phlebotomy, and a current and valid certified nuclear medicine technologist certificate from the state board wherein the employer resides.
Those in this position must be familiar with nuclear imaging cameras and have advanced computer skills and proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of products. They generally work in laboratory environments, both sitting and standing, and their main responsibilities involve performing various nuclear medicine-related procedures, developing films, and taking images using nuclear imaging devices. They are also responsible for ensuring that their equipment is well-maintained and in operating condition at all times. They must understand and follow company regulations and safety rules at all times, as well as any state-mandated safety laws.
Because senior nuclear medical technologists often work in hospital environments, they will communicate frequently with patients and other employees, and it is important that they be friendly and helpful in order to best represent their organization.
Senior Nuclear Medical Technologist Tasks
Prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation to patients using radioisotope equipment under direction of physician.
Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and assist them during procedures.
Calculate, measure and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.
Collects and analyzes data, produces a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.