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

To register as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in New Zealand the practitioner must satisfy one of the following:

  • A relevant undergraduate health science qualification and a postgraduate diploma in nuclear medicine from a New Zealand tertiary education institution that is accredited and monitored by the Board, combined with appropriate nuclear medicine experience.
  • A qualification in nuclear medicine approved by the Board combined with appropriate nuclear medicine experience.
  • A nuclear medicine qualification and a pass in a Board examination combined with appropriate nuclear medicine experience.

New Zealand qualifications

The Board has approved one New Zealand postgraduate qualification for the purpose of registration as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Medical Imaging (Nuclear Medicine pathway) issued by the University of Auckland

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.  Further information for overseas-trained applicants can be found here.

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 post-qualification clinical experience in the scope of practice you are applying for registration in.