Use a variety of machines to test and monitor heart patients.
As the Nuclear Medicine Technologist, you work in tandem with a Nuclear Medicine Physician. Both of you work in the field of nuclear medicine, which uses radioactive substances to treat and diagnose patients.
This is a pretty advanced field, and you’ll need an intimate understanding of radioactive physics, the biology of the human body, and the technical nature of the machines and equipment used in the course of treatment. In fact, the title Nuclear Medicine Technologist refers to the use of radionuclides in your work. Basically, these are elements whose nuclei decay radioactively in the course of their treatment of patients. It’s a true cross between physics and medicine.
A typical day for a Nuclear Medicine Technologist includes: preparing radioactive materials for injection into patients, explaining procedures to patients, working with a Nuclear Medicine Physician to decide on the best course of action and care plan for patients, and, of course, performing diagnostic imaging using x-rays, MRI and CAT scan machines.
Because you have such stellar patient care and technological expertise, you’re in high demand in most areas of healthcare. This means that you’ll have a variety of career options open to you once you’re ready to move on. So whether you want to continue on into research as a Research Technologist, or go into management as a Hospital Administrator, you will be welcomed with open arms.