Nuclear Medicine PET/CT Technologist
Company: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
Posted on: November 14, 2021
This position reports to the Unit Technical Manager/Operations
Manager. Performs clinical diagnostic molecular imaging testing to
include general, cardiac, and positron studies along with the
computer interactions associated with these studies. In addition,
the technologist will be required to perform Computed Tomography
Imaging (attenuation correction only or diagnostic) as ordered in
conjunction with SPECT/PET exams.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Uses aseptic technique to prepare radiopharmaceuticals from
commercially available kits for use in patient studies. Assures
quality of radiopharmaceuticals, including calibration of equipment
and testing, radionuclidic purity checks, radiochemical purity
testing, radioassay of the patient dosage.
- Determines radiopharmaceutical to be utilized based upon
established guidelines (protocols), consulting with AU physician
when necessary. Calculates patient dosage when weight based.
- Follows USP standards for sterile medication and
- Follows the instructions of the AU physician and authorized
nuclear pharmacist for the preparation of radiopharmaceuticals and
quality control testing
- Explains procedure, reassuring patient and securing his/her
full cooperation during testing.
- Administers radiopharmaceuticals to patient and completes
testing to include general, cardiac, and positron studies. In
addition, the technologist will be required to perform Computed
Tomography imaging (attenuation correction only and/or diagnostic)
as ordered in conjunction with SPECT/PET exams.
- Performs intra-venous peripheral catheter insertion and/or
bladder straight catheter insertion as authorized by Nuclear
- Completes testing for both in and outpatients within various
main campus hospital locations.
- Acquires/processes/reconstructs images when appropriate. Labels
patient images with such data as radiopharmaceutical amount, time
of the injection, equipment utilized, and additional patient study
related information etc., in accordance with ACR requirements.
Archives patient data to PACS for long term storage. Retrieves
appropriate patient studies for review and comparison with previous
- Observes radiation safety techniques, including use of
protective shielding and handling and disposal of
radiopharmaceuticals. Takes appropriate precautions to minimize
exposure to infectious, radioactive or biohazard agents.
- Ensures that correct protocol, radiation dose, and contrast are
administered to patient for CT scanning, when ordered as such.
- Lifts, moves, transports and positions patients for diagnostic
- Follows Institutional/ Departmental guidelines for patient
safety and patient care.
- Elutes radionuclide generator systems, maintaining sterile
- Interfaces with appropriate computer systems related to duties
of the position. Duties include scheduling responsibilities through
dedicated Radiology Information System.
- Alerts Unit Technical/Operations Manager regarding equipment
problems, problems encountered during testing, etc.
- Assists in on-the-job training of students as assigned.
- On-call responsibilities as assigned.
- Follows area policies/guidelines in order to perform imaging
studies of superior technical quality.
SKILLS & COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- Calculation of statistical data
- Computer analysis of image data
- Imaging systems including SPECT, SPECT/CT, Planar, PET, PET/CT;
radiation monitoring equipment; Xenon ventilation systems; cardiac
stress equipment; PET tracer infusion systems; contrast power
- Excellent, effective communication and organizational
- Must be able to lift/carry up to 50lbs, be able to lift,
position, push or transfer patients, have manual dexterity and
mobility, be able to see clearly at 20 feet or more, be able to see
clearly at 20 inches or less, be able to judge distance and space
relationships, be able to see peripherally, and be able to
distinguish and identify different colors.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care
appropriate to the age of the patients served (all age groups) on
- Ability to foster and promote a positive image and a
- Radiologic technologist (Nuclear Medicine) in the state of
- ARRT or NMTCB
- CT** CT certification required within 1 year of hire date.
Employees who fail to obtain certification within 1 year will be
given a 60 day grace period to achieve certification. If they are
unable to obtain certification after 14 months (12 months and 2
month grace period) they will be terminated for failure to maintain
BS degree in NM Technology preferred or BS in unrelated field with
a certificate in NM Technology preferred
Preferred: 1-2 years of experience
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By
embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to
lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with
disabilities are strongly encouraged.
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