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Nuclear Medicine Physicians

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Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.

    Work Activities
    • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
    • Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
    • Interpret imaging data and confer with other medical specialists to formulate diagnoses.
    • Establish and enforce radiation protection standards for patients and staff.
    • Prescribe radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
    • Review procedure requests and patients' medical histories to determine applicability of procedures and radioisotopes to be used.
    • Determine appropriate tests or protocols, based on patients' needs or conditions.
    • Direct nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
    • Compare nuclear medicine procedures with other types of procedures, such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography.
    • Monitor handling of radioactive materials to ensure that established procedures are followed.
    • Monitor quality control of radionuclide preparation, administration, or disposition, ensuring that activities comply with applicable regulations and standards.
    • Advise other physicians of the clinical indications, limitations, assessments, or risks of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioactive materials.
    • Perform cardiovascular nuclear medicine procedures, such as exercise testing and pharmacologic stress testing.
    • Administer radioisotopes to clinical patients or research subjects.
    • Interview and physically examine patients prior to testing.
    • Calculate, measure, or prepare radioisotope dosages.
    • Teach nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, or other specialties at graduate educational level.
    • Consult with patients following radiation treatments to provide information and assess outcomes or to recommend further consultation or treatments, as appropriate.
    • Test dosage evaluation instruments and survey meters to ensure they are operating properly.
    • Monitor cleanup of radioactive spills to ensure that proper procedures are followed and that decontamination activities are conducted.
    • Formulate plans and procedures for nuclear medicine departments.
    • Direct the safe management and disposal of radioactive substances.
    • Provide advice on the selection of nuclear medicine supplies or equipment.
    • Schedule examinations and staff activities.
    • Consult with anesthesiologists regarding recommended dosages or combinations of sedative drugs.
    • Conduct laboratory procedures, such as radioimmunoassay studies of blood or urine, using radionuclides.
    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $187,200+/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $90.00+/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 15,630
    • Yearly Projected Openings 530
    Typical Education
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Achievement/Effort
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    • Medical software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
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