Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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Nuclear medicine technologists work as part of a team with other health professionals and medical staff to treat diseases and diagnose health conditions using radioactive materials and diagnostic equipment. Nuclear Medicine Technologists will work in hospitals, medical laboratories and radiology departments of diagnostic facilities.

Nuclear Medicine Technologists perform or assist in performing diagnostic examinations using radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals, and administer radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals for therapeutic purposes under the direction of specialist Medical Practitioners. They prepare radioactive materials for injection and administer them to patients via injection, ingestion or inhalation, liaise with patients to explain the procedures, and undertake examinations. Whilst the examination is taking place they analyse tracers using diagnostic imaging equipment and computers. Nuclear medicine technologists perform tests to diagnose conditions and diseases such as bone infections, tumours, heart disease, blood clots, inadequate functioning of organs. They also treat diseases using radioactive materials, and test equipment and tracers to ensure they are working properly.

Nuclear medicine techniques include Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), bone scanning, and cardiovascular imaging.

Upon completion of approved tertiary study in Nuclear Medicine it is a requirement that all graduates who have successfully completed their course and obtained registration must undertake an approved Professional Development Year to obtain professional accreditation by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine.