How To Become A Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals to patients for many different reasons and observe the functions and characteristics of the organs and tissues the drugs effect. Nuclear medicine technologists must complete formal training in nuclear medicine technology. There are a variety of programs that grant certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees. Students study many different topics such as radiation effects, radiation protection and procedures, imaging techniques, and radiopharmaceuticals. Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to grow faster than average for all professions, increasing 15% from 2006 to 2016. An aging population and the increased need for nuclear medicine treatment procedures will drive job growth.

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