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PET/CT

Overview

This program prepares technologists to operate hybrid PET/CT scanners as well as to work independently in both CT and PET. This certificate program is available for certified nuclear medicine technologists: CNMT or ARRT(N)

Tasks

  • produce highly accurate three-dimensional images that improve detection of cancer and show the exact location within the body

Technology

  • combines the modalities of PET, which shows metabolism and function of cells, and CT, which shows detailed anatomy

Patient Interaction

  • direct patient contact – injecting and positioning patients while on table
  • healthy and critically ill inpatients and outpatients
  • all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics
  • noninvasive

Work Conditions

  • small, low-lit room
  • stand or sit at a monitor while a patient is on table

Career Outlook

PET/CT is a state-of-the-art technology for diagnosing and evaluating cancers, coronary artery disease, and other pathologies. Scanners are becoming more common in hospital and outpatient settings, and technologists certified in both NM and CT are in demand.

Pathways to a Nuclear Medicine degree

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are certified in nuclear medicine   1-year PET/CT Certificate program