Nuclear Medicine Technology Technical Standards

A Nuclear Medicine Technologist should be able to:

  •  Exert force and lift objects of 50 pounds routinely.
  •  Have full use of both arms, wrists and shoulders.
  •  Perform simple motor skills for unrestricted time periods.
    •  Push, pull, bend and stoop.
    •  Work standing on their feet 80% of the time.
    •  Reach and work overhead.
  •  Perform manipulative skills.
    •  Position and assist patients.
    •  Assist or move patients from wheelchairs and stretchers onto imaging tables.
  •  Perform tasks requiring eye-hand coordination.
    •  For example, venipuncture.
  •  Perform tasks requiring satisfactory visual and auditory acuity.
    •  Read printed words in a textbook, read camera control panel and computer screens, read patient dose and medical charts, and read scintigraphic images.
    •  Hear instructions from health care professionals and be able to respond to verbal requests by patients at a distance of 6 to 10 feet.
    •  Give clear verbal commands to patients assigned for an imaging procedure at a distance of 6 to 10 feet.
  •  Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals.
  •  Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick and injured.
  •  Protect self and others from unnecessary radiation exposure.
  •  Assess the condition of patients assigned for an imaging procedure.
  •  Write legibly with proper spelling of medical terms.
  •  Demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in relation to peers, faculty, staff and patients.
  •  Conform to appropriate standards of dress, appearance, language and public behavior.
  •  Show respect for individuals of different age, ethnic background, religion and/or sexual orientation.
  •  Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a nuclear medicine procedure in the proper sequence.