Safely administer radioactive medicine to patients.
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$82,000 – $139,000

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What do Radiopharmacists do?

Radiopharmacists focus on a very specific branch of medicine — radioactive treatments. Radioactive medicine is used to treat aggressive conditions, such as cancer, and to help diagnose conditions early on through the use of scans. As a Radiopharmacist, you’re responsible for safely administering the radioactive substances to patients.

Before starting any procedure, the Radiopharmacist sits down and explains the tests to the patient. No one likes the idea of being exposed to radiation. The Radiopharmacist will provide a clear explanation of what will happen, how controlled the environment is, and what health risks the procedure could carry.

Following strict safety guidelines is paramount to keeping your patients healthy. Radioactive materials can damage the human body when used improperly, and it’s your responsibility to determine what and how much of a substance to give the patient.

Treatments involve sending a predetermined amount of radiation to the site of the illness, such as a tumor. Advanced computer software lets you control what areas the radiation affects. Over the course of several treatments, the radiation should kill off the tumor.

Radiation also works for diagnosing illnesses; the earlier you catch an illness, the better the patient’s chances of recovery. Injecting a radioactive dye into the bloodstream lets you scan the patient’s body, with the dye acting as your glowing guide. Your work leads to an earlier diagnosis and a healthier patient.

Should I be a Radiopharmacist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Radiopharmacist

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