$34.75 to $51.79 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Nuclear medicine technology diploma
Nuclear medicine technologists use radioactive drugs (tracers/substances) and specialized instruments to help locate, diagnose and treat disease and injury allowing evaluation of the function of the various body organs. Nuclear medicine technologists ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors, track bodily functions, prepare and administer radioactive substances, review patient records, operate sophisticated equipment to detect radioactivity, help patients during test procedures and review and process images to ensure quality results.
Nuclear medicine technologists are responsible for providing and performing quality service to the clients of Diagnostic Imaging Services in an effective, efficient and safe manner following established standards and practices defined by the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) and Health Professions Act (HPA). Nuclear medicine technologists use a variety of sophisticated instruments and equipment. They are responsible for ensuring equipment and instruments are working properly and troubleshooting as necessary. Nuclear medicine technologists ensure the accuracy of test results. They may also provide leadership and work guidance to fellow diagnostic staff and students.
Nuclear medicine technologists work at hospitals, health centers, clinics and other healthcare facilities. They work with a variety of other health care staff, including other technologists, therapists, physicians and nurses in order to provide patients with the best care. Although they often work alone with patients, a nuclear medicine technologist is part of an inter-professional team that includes inpatient staff, cancer care and allied health professionals. Nuclear medicine technologists may work full-time or part-time hours or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening, night and weekend shifts, as well as on-call duty.
Nuclear medicine technologists are on their feet for most of their work day and help patients onto and off of procedure tables as needed. They may be required to bend, reach and lift patients and equipment during the course of their work. Nuclear medicine technologists can also be exposed to radiation, body fluids and biohazardous materials while doing their jobs. At times, they may work in challenging or stressful circumstances, such as in an emergency situation.