Nuclear medicine technologists work closely with imaging physicians to diagnose and
treat disease. The field combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology,
and medicine in diagnostic imaging using small amounts of radioactivity. Although
many diagnostic imaging techniques are available, nuclear medicine uniquely provides
information about both the structure and function of virtually every major organ system
within the body. This ability to characterize physiology separates nuclear medicine
from other imaging modalities, such as X-ray and MRI. Nuclear medicine procedures
are safe, involve little or no patient discomfort, and do not require anesthesia.
The role of a nuclear medicine technologist
An NMT is a highly specialized health care professional who works closely with the nuclear medicine physician. Some primary responsibilities are:
■ Prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals
■ Accomplish computer processing and image enhancement
■ Analyze biologic specimens in the laboratory
■ Provide images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation
During an imaging procedure, the technologist works directly with the patient to:
■ Gain the patient's confidence by obtaining pertinent history, describing the procedure,
and answering any questions
■ Monitor the patient's physical condition during the course of the procedure
■ Note specific patient comments which may indicate the need for additional images or help the physician interpret results of the procedure
We offer three pathways to a degree in nuclear medicine technology: a 2+2 baccalaureate
program, and two baccalaureate degree completion programs, one for credentialed NMTs
and one for military-trained NMTs.
AccreditationAugusta University's Nuclear Medicine Technology programs are fully accredited through 2016 by JRCNMT, the Joint Review Commission on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.