Our graduates are highly employable
Graduates of our nuclear medicine degree are highly regarded. The degree is focussed on student development to ensure you are work ready. Nuclear medicine graduates from University of Newcastle have an impressive employment history over nearly 20 years and are in demand within Australia and across the world.
Our graduates demonstrate work ready skills, and many have had the opportunity for rapid career advancement to either senior or management roles within Australia and overseas in a relatively short period.
What is nuclear medicine?
Nuclear medicine is a medical imaging profession. Nuclear medicine scientists use a mix of high tech scanners, advanced communication skills and radioactive pharmaceuticals (radiopharmaceuticals) to investigate and image the function or physiology of the human body. The pharmaceutical targets the disease or organ of interest and the nuclear medicine scientist tracks the pharmaceutical in the body by following the radioactive tracer.
Nuclear medicine can also be used in the treatment of some diseases where radiopharmaceuticals are targeted to destroy involved tissues.
Nuclear medicine procedures may be performed on any organ system in the body and procedures include:
- skeletal scintigraphy (used to investigate a large number of illnesses, ranging from elite athletes with sports injuries to cancer patients)
- cardiac function (used to diagnose heart attacks and determine whether the damage can be repaired by surgery)
- brain scintigraphy (used to establish the epicentre of epilepsy in order to allow accurate surgical intervention and to differentiate between types of dementia)
- SPECT and PET technology hybridised with CT to produce and analyse 3D images of the human body which allow an accurate fusion of anatomical and physiological images to aid the diagnosis of the patient’s illness.
Use your degree overseas
Australia is recognised as a world leader in Medical Radiation Science (MRS). Our degree is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine. A professional year is required after you graduate and after this, you can practice around the world. Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please be aware that the current standard English Language Competency for registration as a practitioner in your chosen health discipline in most states of Australia is an IELTS of 7.0.