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nuclear-medicineIf you are looking for a people-oriented careerand have a keen interest in health sciences and computer technology, consider nuclear medicine technology.

Nuclear medicine technologists work closely with imaging physicians to diagnose and treat disease. The field combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine in diagnostic imaging using small amounts of radioactivity. Although many diagnostic imaging techniques are available, nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. This ability to characterize physiology separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities, such as X-ray and MRI. Nuclear medicine procedures are safe, involve little or no patient discomfort, and do not require anesthesia.

The Role of the Nuclear Medicine Technologist

An NMT is a highly specialized health care professional who works closely with the nuclear medicine physician. Some of the technologist's primary responsibilities are to:

■  prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals instrumentation,
■  accomplish computer processing and image enhancement,
■  analyze biologic specimens in the laboratory, and
■  provide images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.

During an imaging procedure, the technologist works directly with the patient to:

■  gain the patient's confidence by obtaining pertinent history, describing the procedure, and answering any questions,
■  monitor the patient's physical condition during the course of the procedure, and
■  note specific patient comments which may indicate the need for additional images or help the physician  interpret results of the procedure.

Accredited NMT Programs

GRU's Nuclear Medicine Technology programs are fully accredited through 2016 by JRCNMT, the Joint Review Commission on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. We offer three pathways: a 2+2 Baccalaureate program, a Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program for Credentialed NMTs, and a Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program for Military-Trained NMTs.

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