Nuclear Medicine Technician

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Nuclear medicine technicians assist technologists in their daily duties, particularly using a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.

Nuclear medicine technicians assist in the following:

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

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
78
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
88
Jobs Percentage Change: 
12.8%
Total Annual Openings: 
2
Growth Outlook: 
Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$31.67
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$36.73
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$39.26
Salary Range: 
$80,000+
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 

Education Levels:

This job requires a minimum of a GED or a High School Diploma and on-the-job training. Please consult your Case Manager for specific details about this opportunities.
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
Major Optional Certifications: 
Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction
Integrated Team Member