Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Definition

  • Nuclear medicine technologists are responsible for the outcome of the NM examination. The outcome is recorded electronically to allow for consultation with other health and medical practitioners. 
  • Nuclear medicine technologists are involved in the preparation, administration, imaging and quantification of diagnostic pharmaceuticals to demonstrate organ and molecular function as well as the delivery of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals to treat a number of pathologies. 
  • Nuclear medicine technologists operate gamma camera systems (SPECT) and PET imaging systems with or without sealed sources of radioactive materials or x-ray tubes for attenuation correction, anatomical fusion, transmission imaging or, subsequent to a Board-approved training programme, diagnostic CT. 
  • Nuclear medicine technologist's competencies include, but not limited to, patient care, patient positioning, preparation and administration of radiopharmaceuticals, radionuclide and radiation safety, in-vitro diagnostic testing, radionuclide therapy, clinical and organisational responsibility for the examination, and quality assurance.

Qualifications

New Zealand Qualifications

The Board has approved one New Zealand nuclear medicine qualifications as being substantially equivalent to the required competencies for registration in the scope of practice of nuclear medicine.

  • The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science Medical Imaging (Nuclear Medicine) issued by the University of Auckland.

Australian Qualification

The Board has approved two Australian nuclear medicine qualifications as being substantially equivalent to the required competencies for registration in the scope of practice of nuclear medicine.

  • The Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) issued by the University of Newcastle.  While this qualification programme is no longer offered, practitioners who hold this qualification continue to be eligible for registration with the Board.
  • The Master of Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine) is a postgraduate qualification programme issued by Monash University.   

Overseas Qualifications

To be eligible for registration as a medical imaging or radiation therapy practitioner, you need to meet the Board’s qualification requirements and registration standards.

Applications for registration from overseas-trained applicants are assessed against the Board approved assessment criteria for qualifications and registration standards which are:

  • criminal history
  • English language skills
  • recency of practice.

Applicants who are assessed as meeting the Board’s qualification requirements and registration standards are eligible for registration.

Required Experience

In addition to holding a relevant undergraduate qualification, you must also be able to provide evidence you have a minimum of 3360 hours of clinical experience in the scope of practice you are applying for registration in.