What is a nuclear medicine technologist?

1 Answer
Sep 8, 2014

Nuclear medicine is an imaging method. It uses radioactive chemicals to detect disease and follow it during treatment.

A nuclear medicine technologist (NMT)

  • Prepares the radioactive chemicals and administers them to patients.
  • Operates specialized equipment to show where these chemicals accumulate in the body.
  • Interacts with patients and members of the health care team.

The NMT must be proficient in laboratory calculations, chemistry, physics, anatomy, and physiology. He or she must know nuclear medicine procedures and how to use the instruments.


The NMT should like working with high-tech equipment. Great interpersonal skills and a strong desire to help others are a must.

An NMT usually works in a hospital, community clinic, private laboratory, or a research and teaching institution.