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Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

CEGEP

salaire Min. 22,49 $ / h
Max. 32,93 $ / h

Description and Responsibilities

Nuclear medicine technologists work in 3 distinct areas:

  • diagnostic radiology
  • nuclear medicine
  • radiation oncology

They use techniques designed to produce images for diagnostic purposes such as in the case of diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, or that are intended to treat people with cancer, such as in the case of radiation oncology.

Under the supervision of a physician, nuclear medicine technologists perform radiology exams to analyze the functioning of organs and body systems that allow doctors to make a diagnosis. To this end, they prepare radiopharmaceuticals, administer them to patients, and use imaging devices to produce and record the part of the patient's body being examined. They then analyze the images produced using computers and prepare the results for interpretation by a medical specialist. They also conduct laboratory analysis of body fluid samples such as blood and urine, using a radioactive tracer.

Nuclear medicine technologists observe strict rules regarding the use and storage of radioactive materials to ensure people’s protection, including their own, as well as the environment.

Education and Training Requirements

Collège Ahuntsic is the only institution that offers training in nuclear medicine technology This link opens a new window. (in French only).

Required Interests, Skills and Personality Type

  • Must be a good communicator and listener
  • Must be responsible and organized
  • Must enjoy physical work and handling (medical) instruments
  • Must enjoy working in a team with colleagues and other professionals
  • Must have excellent initiative and be able to work autonomously
  • Must love contact with the public

Personality Type (RIASEC)

IRS
  • I - Prefers studying, understanding and solving problems
  • R - Prefers practical work and handling tools
  • S - Prefers to be in contact with people and to help them

Work Environment

Nuclear medicine technologists mainly work in hospitals (in French only).

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