Radiologic Sciences -
In order to complete the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, a student must meet the following technical standards, which are based on recommendations by the ASRT.
- Sufficient visual acuity to accurately prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals, and other medications, and to monitor imaging equipment as well as provide the necessary patient assessment and care.
- Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the healthcare team, and to assess the health needs of people through monitoring devices such as intercom systems, blood pressure gauges, and fire alarms.
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement skills related to the performance of NM, such as positioning, transporting and imaging patients. NM technologists must be able to lift and transport lead blocks or radionuclide generators weighing up to 50 pounds. In addition, NM technologists must perform venipuncture on a regular basis.
- Sufficient communication skills (verbal, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the patient’s interest.
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional function to plan and implement patient care.
Examples of specific technical standards the NM student must be able to meet are:
- Lift, transfer and/or move patients from wheelchair/stretcher to imaging table
- Lift, move, reach or push NM equipment
- Manual dexterity and ability to bend/stretch
- Distinguish colors and shades of gray
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, including patient instruction
- Read and extract information from the medical chart or patient requisition
- Explain the clinical study verbally and/or in writing
- Physical and mental abilities to handle moderate and frequent exposure to infectious agents (blood, urine) and moderate exposure to ionizing radiation