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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine imaging uses sophisticated detectors interfaced with computerized imaging systems to create images of the patient’s body. Images provide diagnostic information for the physician to diagnose and treat disease. Nuclear medicine provides information which is unattainable by other radiologic technologies and demonstrates organ function in the diagnostic process.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is the newest imaging component of nuclear medicine imaging and provides increased diagnostic and therapeutic options for the patient and clinician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Faculty Advisor: Wynn Harrison (Adjunct Faculty)

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What You Will Learn

You will learn to produce and utilize radiopharmaceuticals in the diagnostic and therapeutic process, along with:

  • Quality control
  • Radiation safety
  • Patient interaction
  • Positioning procedures

Certifications

Upon successful completion of the Nuclear Medicine program, you are eligible to take the national certification examination given by the  American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

States often require practicing technologists to be licensed; however, the ARRT certifications may be used to fulfill the state regulations in many states. To practice in Utah, you must be licensed as a radiologic technologist by the state.

Check your state requirements

Job Opportunities

Nuclear medicine technologists are active in performing therapeutic and imaging procedures with patients of all ages and medical conditions. Supervisory and managerial careers, sales, informational technology and many other career opportunities are available.

Clinical Education

You are required to complete 24 hours of clinical education per week in a WSU-affiliated healthcare facility.

Locations and/or Delivery

WSU-Ogden, Regional

The WSU-Ogden and Regional programs are completed in 3 straight semesters, beginning each fall.