Health Professions Programs

Nuclear Medicine Technology

An educational program in nuclear medicine technology is located on the Indiana University– Purdue University Indianapolis campus and housed in the IU School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, section on nuclear medicine.

Description of the Profession  The graduate nuclear medicine technologist is qualified to provide patient diagnostic and therapeutic services using ionizing radiation in the form of gamma rays, X rays, and beta rays. These radiations emanate from radioactive materials. Nuclear medicine technologists perform patient organ imaging procedures, radioactive analysis of biological specimens (blood, urine), and some therapeutic applications of radioactive materials. Effective nuclear medicine technologists use principles of radiation protection as they prepare and administer radioactive materials for a variety of examinations. They are capable of performing quality control procedures on the instrumentation and radioactive materials. Nuclear medicine technologists also assist physicians in clinical procedures, give intravenous injections, draw blood, assess the technical quality of the studies, and provide basic patient care. The nuclear medicine technologist must function as a member of the health care team.

Graduates of the Program  Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and are eligible to take the certification examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) to become certified as a nuclear medicine technologist, R.T.(N) or C.N.M.T.

Credentials Required to Practice  R.T.(N) (ARRT), Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist, or C.N.M.T. (NMTCB), Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

For further information, contact:
Judith E. Kosegi, Program Director, Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
IU Radiologic and Imaging Sciences
541 Clinical Drive, CL  120
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5111

Phone: (317) 274-7431

Last Updated: March 26, 2010