Nuclear Medical Technologist

A nuclear medical technologist uses radioactive isotopes to help physicians diagnose and treat illnesses. Clinical careers are available to graduates of a certificate or degree program in nuclear medical technology. Read on to find out more about this field's options.

Inside Nuclear Medical Technologist Careers

Nuclear medical technologists give patients radiopharmecuticals. The technologist's job is to monitor the organs and/or tissues where the administered drugs settle to detect disease. Nuclear medical technologists use metabolic changes to find diseases. Radiopharmaceuticals are chemical compounds, engineered to emit radiation signatures. They are injected into the patient and then read using special meters. Generally, technologists work with either nuclear cardiology machines, which image the heart or positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. PET scanners image the whole body and give physicians vital statistical information about blood oxygenation and flow, as well as information concerning the health of a specific organ.

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