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What are some jobs in nuclear medicine?

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Radiologists are medical specialists that have jobs in nuclear medicine. Additionally, physicists, pharmacists and technologists find employment in nuclear medicine, states the Radiological Society of North America.

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What are some jobs in nuclear medicine?
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A nuclear medicine radiologist is a doctor that diagnoses and treats illness by using radiopharmaceuticals. Radioactive materials are used to assist the physician in imaging areas of the body. A nuclear medicine radiologist may treat health problems such as bone tumors, overactive thyroid, and thyroid cancer, explains the Radiological Society of North America. He may use nuclear medicine technology such as scintigraphy to perform diagnostic imaging.

A nuclear pharmacist manages the dispersal of radioactive medications. This occupation involves working collaboratively with other members of a nuclear medicine team in a setting such as a nuclear pharmacy, hospital, private research clinic or industry, reports the Radiological Society of North America.

Nuclear physicists have expertise in working with imaging equipment and equipment that measures absorbed amounts of radiation. Nuclear physicists test radiological equipment, ensure quality control related to use of nuclear medicine equipment, analyze data and develop new technologies, according to the Radiological Society of North America.

Nuclear medicine technologists assist nuclear medicine radiologists in giving patients radiopharmaceuticals needed for producing nuclear images. Additionally, the technologist answers his patient’s questions and performs analysis on medical samples, states the Radiological Society of North America.

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