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Nuclear Medicine Physicians
District Of Columbia

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Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.

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Currently Employed: 2,060

Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.91 - $80+

Typical Annual Salary: $56,000 - $166,400+

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Internship/residency

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typical job duties

  • Prescribe radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
  • Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
  • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
  • Determine appropriate tests or protocols based on patients' needs or conditions.
  • Interpret imaging data and confer with other medical specialists to formulate diagnoses.
  • Compare nuclear medicine procedures with other types of procedures such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography.
  • Consult with patients following radiation treatments to provide information and assess outcomes or to recommend further consultation or treatments as appropriate.
  • Review procedure requests and patients' medical histories to determine applicability of procedures and radioisotopes to be used.
  • Direct nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
  • Advise other physicians of the clinical indications, limitations, assessments, or risks of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioactive materials.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Liquid scintillation counters
  • Medical single photon emission computed tomography SPECT units
  • Phantom dosimeters
  • Radiation detectors
  • X ray diffraction equipment

Technology:
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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