About Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear medicine uniquely provides information about the structure and function of virtually every major organ system within the body. It is this ability to characterize and quantify physiologic function at the molecular level, which separates nuclear medicine from other imaging modalities.
With the development of new radiopharmaceuticals, treatments and the exciting technology of Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) and (SPECT/CT) hybrid imaging, the nuclear medicine field has grown significantly over the past years and is expected to grow even more in the future.
Daily tasks of a nuclear medicine technologist include:
- Prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds known as radiopharmaceuticals
- Perform patient imaging procedures using sophisticated radiation-detecting instrumentation
- Perform computer processing and image enhancement functions
- Provide images, data analysis and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation
- Prepare patients for imaging procedures and radioactive therapy
- Apply knowledge of radiation physics and safety regulations to radiation safety
- Utilize quality control techniques as part of the quality assurance program
In coordination with Siemens Medical Solutions, the School of Nuclear Medicine may also provide to qualified candidates an additional 12-month paid internship at Siemens, Hoffman Estates. This internship would include acceptance testing on sophisticated hybrid nuclear medicine computer tomography medical systems in a simulated environment, ensuring correct performance of all nuclear medicine and computer tomography clinical protocols. This internship would also include creating clinical test protocols, submitting defects discovered, verifying fixed defects, installing software, troubleshooting system issues and developing solutions with cross-functional teams.