Who is Nuclear Medicine Technologist?
Nuclear medicine incorporates chemistry, physics, mathematics, health care, computer technology, and medicine to use radioactivity to diagnose and treat illness, as it provides information virtually about both the structure and function of organs. The nuclear medicine technologist is a highly specialised health care specialist who looks at how the body functions to aid in diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions and diseases. In the case of a nuclear disaster they can also serve as first responders.
Typical day at work
What does Nuclear Medicine Technologist do?
Nuclear medicine technologists use a range of radioisotope equipment to prepare, administer, and quantify radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer research. Prepare radioactive material stock solutions and determine doses for radiologists to administer. They expose patients to ionising radiation. Follow conventional laboratory procedures to conduct blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption investigations.
- Prepare and administer small dose of radiopharmaceuticals (also known as radioactive drugs or chemical compounds) or radiation intravenously to monitor the structure and functions of organs or tissues, using radioisotope equipment, under physician’s direction
- Detect and monitor radiopharmaceuticals in the bodies of patients, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images
- Use radioactive drugs to obtain images of heart and cardiac function process
- Calculate, monitor, and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals obtained, used, and disposed, using computer and following doctor’s prescription
- Record and process procedures results
- Produce a computer-generated image or video for doctors to view
- Plan radiopharmaceuticals stock, complainant to health standards to reduce radiation exposure to staff and patients
- Clarify test procedures and patient safety protocols and assist them during test procedures
- Conduct quality assurance checks of laboratory equipment or cameras
- Safeguard radioactive material disposal, handling, and storage based on safety procedures
- Collect patient’s medical history to guide diagnostic therapy procedures
- Maintain and calibrate laboratory and radioisotope equipment
- Measure glandular activity, blood volume, red cell survival, or radioactivity of patients, using scanners, Geiger counters, scintillometers, or other equipment
- Train, educate, and supervise students or subordinates
- Place radiation fields, radiation beams, and to provide effective treatment to the patient for the disease
- To assess the drug or hormone levels, apply radioactive substances to biological samples, such as blood, urine or faeces.
- Create nuclear medicine treatment procedures for research programmes
- Examine the patient to determine any side-reactions to the drugs
- Maintain detailed procedures records
- Conduct imaging procedures in patient with the help of radiation-detection instrumentation
- Give images, data analysis, and patient history to the doctor for diagnostic purposes
- Maintain and operate equipment like gamma cameras and computing systems to obtain images and process for analysis.
Abilities & aptitude needed
What are the skills, abilities & aptitude needed to become Nuclear Medicine Technologist?
Nuclear medicine technologists should emphasise precision and be comfortable working with equipment that requires careful monitoring, in addition to knowing how to handle and set up complex laboratory technology. They need knowledge in anatomy and ability to understand electronic medical health records and have computer skills.
They need to be well-organised, have observation skills, and be detail oriented in order to conduct procedures with accuracy and precision. They must have excellent reasoning and judgement, as well as logical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. They are inquisitive, intelligent, introspective, interested, methodical, scientific, rational, analytical, and investigative people.
They must follow exact instructions so that the tests or procedures are performed correctly. Thus, they must learn to work well in a stressful environment. They need to be skilled with their hands and work closely, safely, and effectively with needles, chemicals, and other laboratory instruments. Thus, good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and fine motor skills are necessary.
In the laboratory, they must also follow all conventional safety procedures and quality control standards, as well as understand and follow legal and health-care processes. They must be able to manage time and prioritize tasks effectively while maintaining the quality of work. While the patient is in surgery, they must work rapidly and methodically to provide results.
They should be able to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing as well as have interpersonal skills. Lastly, they need physical stamina as they may work on their feet for long periods and at times, may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.
Which course I can pursue?
Which are the best colleges to attend to become Nuclear Medicine Technologist?
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
New Delhi | Ministry of health and family welfareNIRF Rank : 1
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
Chandigarh, Chandigarh | INC, MCI, UGCNIRF Rank : 2
Christian Medical College, Vellore
Vellore | MCINIRF Rank : 3
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | MCINIRF Rank : 4
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
Manipal,karnataka | Medical Council of IndiaNIRF Rank : 7
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry
Puducherry, | DCI, MCI, UGCNIRF Rank : 8
King George`s Medical University, Lucknow
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | UGC, NAAC-ANIRF Rank : 10
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu | Sri Ramachandra University (SRU)NIRF Rank : 11
St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Karnataka | College of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, BangaloreNIRF Rank : 12
Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi
New Delhi, DELHI | College of University of Delhi, DelhiNIRF Rank : 14
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, PUNJAB | College of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, FaridkotNIRF Rank : 18
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi
New Delhi, Delhi | Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.NIRF Rank : 19
Siksha 'O' Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar
Bhuvaneshwar, Odisha | Biju Patnaik University of Technology,UGC,NAACNIRF Rank : 21
Symbiosis International University, Pune
Lavale, Maharashtra | Symbiosis International University, PuneNIRF Rank : 22
University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
Dilshad Garden, New Delhi | MCINIRF Rank : 23
Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana
Ludhiana, NEW DELHI | MCINIRF Rank : 24
Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai
Velappanchavadi, Chennai | MCINIRF Rank : 25
Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal West
Imphal, Manipur | College of Manipur University, ImphalNIRF Rank : 28
Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh | MCINIRF Rank : 29
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Bhubaneshwar, Odisha |NIRF Rank : 31
Sawai Man Singh Medical College
Jaipur, Rajasthan | College of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, JaipurNIRF Rank : 38
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Varanasi | ACU AIU NAAC UGCNIRF Rank : 39
Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana
Mullana, Haryana | Maharishi Markandeshwar University, MullanaNIRF Rank : 41
KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore
Mangaluru, Karnataka | College of NITTE University, MangaloreNIRF Rank : 45
Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupathi
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh | UGCNIRF Rank : 46
Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
Chennai, Tamil Nadu | Sathyabama University, ChennaiNIRF Rank : 47
Amity University, Gautam Budh Nagar
NOIDA | UGC?, ?NAAC?, ?WASC?, ?AIU?, ?ACUNIRF Rank : 49
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
Thanesar, Haryana | UGCNIRF Rank : 53
JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore
Mysuru | UGCNIRF Rank : 55
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu | SRM University, ChennaiNIRF Rank : 73
KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belagavi
Belagavi | UGCNIRF Rank : 98
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What does the future look like for Nuclear Medicine Technologist?
These professionals can find employment in private medical laboratories, clinics, research facilities, medical centers, outpatient imaging facilities, educational institutions, and private, community, or government hospital laboratories. Those working in labs that are open around the clock may need to work night shifts. Nuclear medicine technologists often work 8-hour shifts; however the shifts may be flexible. Technologists can be asked to work overtime at times.
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