Nuclear medicine technologists perform a special type of diagnostic imaging using gamma rays, unlike most of the other radiological modalities, which use x-rays. Nuclear medicine technologists obtain images by administering radiopharmaceuticals orally or intravenously to patients and detecting the gamma rays emitted following the dosing. Nuclear medicine technologists complete training in nuclear medicine that often takes between 1-4 years, ranging from a certificate to an Associates or Bachelors degree. The amount of training and education needed for a nuclear medicine technologist is dependent on state licensing requirements and those of the employing institution.
The job growth for nuclear medicine jobs is expected to rise faster than the national average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.) However, since the nuclear medicine field is relatively small, the actual number of jobs is not large. This means that job applicants with better training and experience will have an advantage over other applicants.
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