Prepares, administers, and measures radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepares stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subjects patients to radiation. Executes blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers radiopharmaceuticals or radiation intravenously to detect or treat diseases, using radioisotope equipment, under direction of a physician.
- Detects and maps radiopharmaceuticals in patients' bodies, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images.
- Processes cardiac function studies, using computer.
- Calculates, measures, and records radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used, and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.
- Produces a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.
- Records and processes results of procedures.
- Explains test procedures and safety precautions to patients and provides them with assistance during test procedures.
- Prepares stock radiopharmaceuticals, adhering to safety standards that minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.
- Performs quality control checks on laboratory equipment or cameras.
- Disposes of radioactive materials and stores radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.
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