Diagnoses and treats diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
- Checks and approves the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
- Establishes and enforces radiation protection standards for patients and staff.
- Interprets imaging data and confers with other medical specialists to formulate diagnoses.
- Prescribes radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
- Reviews procedure requests and patients' medical histories to determine applicability of procedures and radioisotopes to be used.
- Directs nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
- Determines appropriate tests or protocols based on patients' needs or conditions.
- Compares nuclear medicine procedures with other types of procedures such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography.
- Monitors handling of radioactive materials to ensure that established procedures are followed.