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Nuclear medicine, which includes molecular imaging, is a modality that utilizes very small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat various diseases. An estimated 16 million nuclear medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures are performed each year. The nuclear medicine technologist is an allied health professional who, under the direction of an authorized user, is committed to applying their skill of diagnostic evaluation and therapeutics through the safe and effective use of radionuclides. There are approximately 4,000 board certified nuclear medicine physicians and 15,700 certified nuclear medicine technologists worldwide.
The nuclear medicine technologist should exhibit professionalism in the performance of these duties, demonstrate an empathetic and instructional approach to patient care and have the knowledge and expertise to provide quality scans. Professional growth and development is achieved through participation in medical and technical education.
For additional information, please visit the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at www.snmmi.org.