What You'll Learn
Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technology is a patient-oriented program that combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine using radioactivity to construct images of organs and study physiological processes for diagnostic, therapeutic and research purposes. Nuclear Medicine Technologists play an integral role in the health-care team, working with patients, physicists, nuclear pharmacists, computer specialists, nurses, secretaries and other health-care professionals and are employed in hospitals, universities, medical clinics and research centers across the United States and abroad.
The Nuclear Medicine Technology Program:
- Prepares students to perform as compassionate and caring health care professionals.
- Prepares our graduates to sit for the ARRT registry examination.
- Teaches students to think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate professional ethics.
- Challenges students to utilize diagnostic techniques, sound judgment and good decision making to provide patient services.
- Makes students aware of radiation safety protocols and procedures to reduce exposure to themselves and patients.
Courses cover the physical sciences, biological effects of radiation exposure, radiation protection and procedures, the use of radio-pharmaceuticals, imaging procedures and techniques including PET and CT, patient care, and computer applications. For a more comprehensive scope and sequence, please see the program curriculum.
Our students take the same Computed Tomography and MRI courses that the Radiologic Science students take. This amounts to:
- 30 hours of Computed Tomography lecture
- 30 hours of Computed Tomography lab in a CT/MRI simulator lab
- 30 hours of Cross Sectional Anatomy
- 30 hours of MRI lecture
- 30 hours of MRI lab in a CT/MRI simulator lab
These courses far exceed the 16 mandatory hours of didactic coursework in Computed Tomography and Cross Sectional anatomy required by the ARRT for graduates to take the ARRT registry examination in Computed Tomography. The same goes for MRI. These courses, in addition to the required clinical competencies in CT or MRI while on externship, allow our graduates to sit for the registries with the ARRT in either CT or MRI after they graduate from Oregon Tech.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging utilizes proton rich radionuclides to image metabolic activity of various types of cells within the human body. In particular, PET imaging assesses the growth and spread of certain types of cancers and their response to therapy, cardiovascular disease, and changes in neurological conditions.
Spect/CT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) Imaging has become a standard imaging method in most Nuclear Medicine and Molecular imaging departments today. Spect/CT imaging utilizes emitted data from the patient to identify physiological changes in organ systems while the CT component provides an anatomical reference image for those same organ systems.