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Nuclear Medicine Technologists
District Of Columbia

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Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

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Currently Employed: 30

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $33.75 - $43.70

Typical Annual Salary: $70,200 - $90,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's 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: None

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typical job duties

  • Administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation intravenously to detect or treat diseases, using radioisotope equipment, under direction of a physician.
  • Detect and map radiopharmaceuticals in patients' bodies, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images.
  • Process cardiac function studies, using computer.
  • Calculate, measure, and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used, and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.
  • Produce a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.
  • Record and process results of procedures.
  • Prepare stock radiopharmaceuticals, adhering to safety standards that minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.
  • Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and provide them with assistance during test procedures.
  • Perform quality control checks on laboratory equipment or cameras.
  • Dispose of radioactive materials and store radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Hypodermic needle
  • Liquid scintillation counters
  • Medical gamma cameras for general use
  • Radiation detectors
  • Spectrometers

Technology:
  • Electronic mail software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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