Nuclear medicine technologists

Nuclear medicine technologists carry out diagnostic imaging and some treatment procedures in hospitals or private medical clinics. They obtain the images that help pinpoint the nature of a disease and how it is affecting the body. Their work also enables doctors to monitor a patient’s response to treatment.

Nuclear medicine involves the use of radiopharmaceuticals to evaluate the function of specific organs in the treatment and management of disease.

Some of the main uses of nuclear medicine are to:

  • Evaluate coronary disease
  • Study how the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs are functioning
  • Determine the location of tumours
  • Monitor the progression of cancer and the results of cancer treatments
  • Diagnose hormonal disorders

As part of their professional duty, nuclear medicine technologists:

  • EXPLAIN the procedure to patients
  • CONTRIBUTE to patient education
  • PREPARE radiopharmaceutical
  • PROTECT patients, staff and visitors from radiation
  • ENSURE proper radiation handling and protection techniques are followed
  • ADMINISTER the radiopharmaceutical
  • POSITION the patients
  • PERFORM the procedure
  • ASSESS patients during procedures
  • COMFORT patients and provide emotional support