Is Nuclear Medicine the Career for You?
Interested in working as a nuclear medicine technologist? Nuclear medicine is an ideal career for people who like working with others and enjoy the technical aspects of advanced medical technology. You’re a great match for this program if you have good communication, analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently, and a strong background or aptitude in science.
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Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of radiology that uses radioactive materials to diagnose and in some cases treat various diseases. It images physiology (how the body is functioning), which is different from other modalities that mainly look at anatomy (x-ray, CT, MRI). The nuclear medicine technologist is responsible for explaining the exam to be done, administering the imaging agent, acquiring the images, performing computer manipulations, and presenting the results to a radiologist or nuclear medicine physician. Learn more about this career...
The Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program at Bellevue College (BC) prepares you to work as a nuclear medicine technologist. Our program is designed for students who have a good science background at the college level, who have a good idea of what the career involves, and are good with people. The 18-month program culminates in an Associate of Arts degree, and requires a full-time commitment.
Benefits of completing the nuclear medicine technology program include:
- An interesting and rewarding career—nuclear medicine technologists do a wide variety of imaging, non-imaging, and therapy procedures and deal with about 5-10 patients each day.
- Good pay—current starting salaries for staff nuclear medicine technologists in the Seattle area are around $30/hour (Reference: Washington State Workforce Explorer). .
- Possibilities for advancement—nuclear medicine technologists can move into management, research, or commercial positions.