About Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses safe, painless and cost effective techniques to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disease using gamma or PET/CT scanners. Nuclear medicine imaging is unique in that it documents organ function and structure, in contrast to diagnostic radiology, which is based upon anatomy. It is a method of gathering information that may otherwise be unavailable, require surgery or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests.
Today, nuclear medicine offers procedures that are helpful to a broad span of medical specialties, from pediatrics, to cardiology, to oncology. There are almost 100 different nuclear medicine imaging procedures available which include every major organ of the human body.
As a nuclear medicine technologist, you work in direct contact with patients of all ages. Nuclear medicine technologists work as a member of a health care team including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals.