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Nuclear Medicine Career Information
Nuclear Medicine encompasses a range of 'craft groups' including Physicians, Radiologists, Clinical Scientists, Radiopharmacists, Radiographers, Medical Physics Technicians and Nurses. Whilst there is no one model for Nuclear Medicine service delivery and hence it is not possible to give definitive information on roles and responsibilities, the following documents have been assembled with the view to answering frequent questions regarding career opportunities and educational and training requirements. See also the School and Students Section under Training and Education
John Frank explains why Nuclear Medicine has become a major dynamic imaging speciality
Considerations for future demand for trained specialists in nuclear medicine - A document prepared by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence, the national authority on workforce planning and development for health and social care.
If you have a keen interest in a people orientated career incorporating the health sciences and computer technology why not consider a career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Over the last five years the role of the nuclear medicine technologist has become more complex. This has primarily been due to the increased demand for more complex nuclear medicine procedures, such as myocardial perfusion scans and positron emission tomography (PET). It is now fairly routine for technologists to perform their own injections, and perform advanced computer processing, along with imaging the patient and checking their own films.
The physicist is a key member of the nuclear medicine team and has specific responsibilities for the scientific and technical aspects of the service. The professional role of a nuclear medicine physicist will fall within some or all of seven main areas.
The main role of the Nuclear Cardiologist is, in common with all medical specialities, the assessment of the patient but also whether the appropriate nuclear medicine technique can add to the patient's clinical management. Techniques that are used for diagnosis, include perfusion imaging and radionuclide ventriculography.