Radiation is a fascinating form of energy. Despite its dangers, it is a powerful part of today’s medical efforts. It can reveal tiny parts of the body, such as blood vessels in the kidney or liver, without surgery.
Nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) use drugs that give off radiation and complex equipment to make images of internal organs. Doctors then look at the images to find out what’s wrong with their patients. The work of NMTs is precise and exacting because lives depend on it.
Nuclear medicine technologists give patients radiopharmaceuticals and then make images of the drugs as they collect in the inner organs. Physicians use these images to diagnose illness.
Shielded needles and gloves, along with safety procedures, protect technologists and patients from radiation exposure.
A good communicator and team player who is at home with numbers and problem solving. It also helps to be accurate, physically strong, and compassionate.
Nursing-school grads can move into this field with just one more year of training.