Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear medicine is a branch of radiology that uses radioactive materials to image
the body and in some cases to cause a therapeutic effect. Nuclear medicine technologists
prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients for imaging or therapeutic
purposes. They work in hospitals, imaging centers and sometimes in physician offices.
- CBC, in collaboration with Bellevue College, offers the opportunity to obtain an Associate of Arts degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology to a limited number of students.
The curriculum prepares students in all aspects of nuclear medicine technology. In addition to performing a wide variety of imaging and therapeutic procedures, students learn to:
- Prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals
- Explain patient procedures and their risks
- Take patient histories
- Analyze the results of each study
- Work with a number of radiation detection systems, including gamma cameras and positron emission tomography systems
- Work with computers that analyze data from imaging studies in addition to those used for administrative tasks
- Work directly with patients helping to ease their anxiety
- Provide important test result information for physician diagnosis of their ailments
Upon successful program completion, students are eligible for national certification exams as well as Washington state licensure.
|Jennifer Prekeges, Bellevue College
Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Chair