Nuclear medicine technologist help deliver professional, personalized, quality care for patients. They perform and analyze therapeutic and diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures. Conducting quality control and quality assurance procedures in compliance with state, local, and federal regulations is also expected. This job often takes place in a fast-paced environment in which technology changes regularly; this means technologists must take relevant classes periodically to stay up to date on technologies and procedures.
The nuclear medicine technologist help transport patients to and from imaging services. They write department reports, enter patient information, and retrieve patient information from picture archiving communication systems ( PACS) and hospital information systems (HIS). It is important that the nuclear medicine technologist have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as they work closely with patients and their loved ones, nurses, and physicians. The nuclear medicine technologist's shift may vary; these professionals may work days, nights, weekends, and holidays.
The nuclear medicine technologist generally needs at least a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as certification from an accredited school in radiologic technology. They must also be registered - or able to register - at the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT.) They may also need basic life support certification. Many states have their own laws and regulations regarding certification that must be followed.
Nuclear Medicine 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.