Opportunity In Nuclear Medicine Jobs
Diagnostic imaging uses several procedures that aid in diagnosing ailments. Nuclear medicine is a part of diagnostic imaging in which radionuclides that emit radiation spontaneously are used to diagnose and treat diseases. Nuclear medicine technologists monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which the radiopharmaceuticals localize. They use cameras that detect and map the radioactive drug in a patient's body to create diagnostic images.
Nuclear medicine technologists perform radioimmunoassay studies to determine the behavior of a radioactive substance inside the body. They add radioactive substances to blood or serum to evaluate levels of hormones or of therapeutic drugs in the patient’s body. They use a scanner that creates images of the distribution of a radiopharmaceutical as it localizes in and produces the images on a computer screen or on film for a doctor to interpret.
Nuclear medicine jobs, especially of a nuclear medicine technologist require physical stamina. They work for 40 hours a week. In-addition, they have on-call duty on rotational basis.
For treatment of cancer, nuclear medicine is being used in combination with monoclonal antibodies. This technology is being used to examine the cardiac, pulmonary, and neurological systems. Technological advancement would ensure job growth for nuclear medicine technologists.
By 2012, nuclear medicine jobs are expected to grow at a rapid pace. Technologists who are also trained in other diagnostic methods, such as radiologic technology or diagnostic medical sonography are expected to have the best prospects. New nuclear medicine treatments are expected to emerge, considering the rapid development of technology.