A nuclear medicine technologist mostly works with medical equipment. The equipment includes positron emission tomography (PET) scans and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scans. The equipment will help doctors diagnose diseases, while a nuclear medicine technologist prepares and administers radiopharmaceuticals before performing the tests.
Many people get confused between a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and a Radiologic Technologist. In fact, Nuclear Medicine Technologist’s hospital jobs are a bit different from radiologic technologists. It detects abnormalities in how organs function. On the other hand, radiologic technologists use other imagining technologies to assess how organs look.
If you are interested to become a nuclear medicine technologist, you better earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine technology. Then, complete a 12 month certificate program in nuclear medicine technology.