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Physical stamina is
important because nuclear medicine technologists are on their feet much
of the day and may have to lift or turn disabled patients. In addition,
technologists must operate complicated equipment that requires
mechanical ability and manual dexterity.
Although the potential for
radiation exposure exists in this field, it is minimized by the use of
shielded syringes, gloves, and other protective devices and by adherence
to strict radiation safety guidelines. The amount of radiation in a
nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to that received during a
diagnostic x-ray procedure. Technologists also wear badges that measure
radiation levels. Because of safety programs, badge measurements rarely
exceed established safety levels.
technologists generally work a 40-hour week, perhaps including evening
or weekend hours, in departments that operate on an extended schedule.
Opportunities for part-time and shift work also are available. In
addition, technologists in hospitals may have on-call duty on a
rotational basis, and those employed by mobile imaging services may be
required to travel to several locations.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.