2017 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Median Pay: US$73,360
Entry Level: Associate's degree
Summary
Nuclear medicine technologists operate equipment that creates images of areas of a patient's body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.
Duties

Nuclear medicine technologists typically do the following:

  • Explain imaging procedures to the patient and answer questions
  • Follow safety procedures to protect themselves and the patient from unnecessary radiation exposure
  • Examine machines to ensure that they are working properly
  • Prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to the patient
  • Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to the drugs
  • Operate equipment that creates images of areas in the body, such as images of organs
  • Keep detailed records of procedures
  • Follow radiation disposal and safety procedures

Radioactive drugs, known as radiopharmaceuticals, give off radiation, allowing special scanners to monitor tissue and organ functions. Abnormal areas show higher-than-expected or lower-than-expected concentrations of radioactivity. Physicians and surgeons then interpret the images to help diagnose the patient's condition. For example, tumors can be seen in organs during a scan because of their concentration of the radioactive drugs.

After graduation from an accredited program, a technologist can choose to specialize in positron emission tomography (PET) or nuclear cardiology. PET uses a machine that creates a three-dimensional image of a part of the body, such as the brain. Nuclear cardiology uses radioactive drugs to obtain images of the heart. Patients may exercise during the imaging process while the technologist creates images of the heart and blood flow.

MRI Technologist

Type: Part Time
Performs MRI exams and procedures on patients of all ages. Maintains patient safety.Responsibilities:Prepares and checks patients prior to MRI procedure.Acquires and reviews patient questionnaire, chart and data/requisition to determine contraindication of having MRI examination.Verifies and...
Apply Share

Registered Nurse (PET/CT)

Type: Part Time
DutiesSummaryThe Registered Nurse (PET/CT) is a team player in the PET/CT Division of the Nuclear Medicine Section of the Imaging Service at the VA New Jersey Health Care System.ResponsibilitiesThe incumbent works collaboratively with all members of the healthcare team. Facilitates the flow of...
Apply Share

MRI Technologist I - PRN - Marymount

Type: Part Time
Performs MRI exams and procedures on patients of all ages. Maintains patient safety.Responsibilities:Prepares and checks patients prior to MRI procedure.Acquires and reviews patient questionnaire, chart and data/requisition to determine contraindication of having MRI examination.Verifies and...
Apply Share
Garfield Heights, OH

( PER DIEM) PET TECHNOLOGIST- WEST HOUSTON

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
THIS IS A PER DIEM ROLEMission StatementThe mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and...
Apply Share

Experienced RN Imaging Roles

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main CampusShift: Day + CallSchedule: 10, 12 and 8 hour shifts, flexible start times!Pediatric opening!Cleveland Clinic Imaging Team is a part of a field that is rapidly evolving. By utilizing the latest cutting-edge technology, we are able to care for patients in our...
Apply Share

MRI Technologist I

Type: Part Time
Performs MRI exams and procedures on patients of all ages. Maintains patient safety.Responsibilities:Prepares and checks patients prior to MRI procedure.Acquires and reviews patient questionnaire, chart and data/requisition to determine contraindication of having MRI examination.Verifies and...
Apply Share

MRI Technologist PRN

Type: Part Time
Performs MRI exams and procedures on patients of all ages. Maintains patient safety.Responsibilities:Prepares and checks patients prior to MRI procedure.Acquires and reviews patient questionnaire, chart and data/requisition to determine contraindication of having MRI examination.Verifies and...
Apply Share

MRI Technologist PRN

Type: Part Time
Performs MRI exams and procedures on patients of all ages. Maintains patient safety.Responsibilities:Prepares and checks patients prior to MRI procedure.Acquires and reviews patient questionnaire, chart and data/requisition to determine contraindication of having MRI examination.Verifies and...
Apply Share

Ultrasound Technologist - as needed

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
ProHealth Care Medical Imaging services are provided at numerous locations throughout Waukesha County including Waukesha Memorial, Oconomowoc Memorial and many of our ProHealth Care Medical Associates Clinic locations. Services include General X-Ray, CT and MRI scanning, Functional MRI, Mammography...
Apply Share

TECHNOLOGIST-NUC MED PRN

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Overview and ResponsibilitiesPerforms imaging procedures/treatments according to radiology practice standards in order to aid in the diagnosis and/or treatment of disease. Performs other duties as assigned.QualificationsExperience Description: None *** Experience Minimum Required: None ***...
Apply Share

Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Contingent) - Mount Carmel St. Ann's

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
At Mount Carmel, we work to continuously inspire one another. Here, all are welcome. It is this culture of humility and compassion that sets Mount Carmel apart. We see the big picture and do the right thing. That means a dedication to the well-being our both our colleagues and the patients they...
Apply Share

Radiopharmacist (Nuclear Pharmacist)- Detroit Campus- Full Time, Days

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit, Michigan is seeking a board certified Nuclear Pharmacist to supervise and oversee Radiopharmacy operations. The Division of Nuclear Medicine offers full service diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including participation in a variety of multicenter...
Apply Share

CT Technologist

Type: Part Time
About UsSt. Vincent’s HealthCare, part of Ascension, is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system that has served the people of Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities since 1873. From its humble beginning to its current status as a regional healthcare system, St. Vincent’s...
Apply Share