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Dear sir I am in12th std bio science group I would like to know about career in nuclear medicine and nuclear medicine technology?- 6-Mar-2008

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Nuclear medicine combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in using radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Though there are many diagnostic techniques currently available, nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is this ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities, such as x-ray. Nuclear medicine procedures are safe, they involve little or no patient discomfort and do not require the use of anaesthesia.

 

The Nuclear Medicine Technologist is a highly specialized healthcare professional who works closely with the nuclear medicine physician. Some of the technologists primary responsibilities are to:

  • Prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals
  • Perform patient imaging procedures using sophisticated radiation-detecting instrumentation
  • Accomplish computer processing and image enhancement
  • Analyze biologic specimens in the laboratory
  • Provide images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.

Nuclear medicine technology involves the use of radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, to create images of organs, study body functions, analyze biological specimens and treat disease. Nuclear medicine technologists apply the art and skill of diagnostic imaging and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radio nuclides

 

Nuclear medicine technologists play an integral role in the health-care team, working with patients, physicists, nuclear pharmacists, computer specialists, nurses, secretaries and other health-care professionals.

The field of nuclear medicine technology has grown significantly over the past few years. Career opportunities for nuclear medicine technologists are very good. With the growth of the middle-aged and elderly populations, demand will increase for diagnostic procedures, including nuclear medicine testing. In addition, advances in medical technology will likely increase the diagnostic use of nuclear medicine.

Nuclear medical technologists are employed in hospitals, universities, medical clinics and research centers across the country and abroad.. After further study in nuclear medicine, you may advance to positions such as chief technologist, research technologist or educator. Medicine, you may advance to positions such as chief technologist, research technologist or educator.

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