Nuclear medicine technologists use radioactive substances in the
diagnosis and treatment of disease. The responsibilities of a nuclear
medicine technologist can be divided into four general categories: safe
and proper handling of radioactive materials, care and operation of
radiation detection equipment, knowledge of the technical and biological
principles upon which nuclear medicine procedures are based, and most
importantly, patient care.
Individuals interested in a career in nuclear medicine technology
must display attributes of compassion and concern and be emotionally
mature as they deal with the psychological stress that accompanies the
seriously ill patient.
To prepare for a career in nuclear medicine technology, a student
must have a strong background in sciences such as biology, math, physics
and computer science. A career in nuclear medicine technology requires
the combination of prerequisite course work from a college or university
and clinical education in an accredited nuclear medicine technology
program. Many colleges and hospitals offer programs in nuclear medicine
technology. Programs that affiliate with colleges and universities offer
either an associate's or bachelor's degree. Hospital programs offer a
certificate of completion.
Students in all programs take prerequisite courses at a college or
university and their professional education at a hospital or clinic in
an accredited nuclear medicine technology program.