Nuclear Medicine Technology Technical Standards

A Nuclear Medicine Technologist should be able to:

  • Exert force and lift objects of 50 pounds routinely.
  • Have full use of both arms, wrists and shoulders.
  • Perform simple motor skills for unrestricted time periods.
    • Push, pull, bend and stoop.
    • Work standing on their feet 80% of the time.
    • Reach and work overhead.
  • Perform manipulative skills.
    • Position and assist patients.
    • Assist or move patients from wheelchairs and stretchers onto imaging tables.
  • Perform tasks requiring eye-hand coordination.
    • For example, venipuncture.
  • Perform tasks requiring satisfactory visual and auditory acuity.
    • Read printed words in a textbook, read camera control panel and computer screens, read patient dose and medical charts, and read scintigraphic images.
    • Hear instructions from health care professionals and be able to respond to verbal requests by patients at a distance of 6 to 10 feet.
    • Give clear verbal commands to patients assigned for an imaging procedure at a distance of 6 to 10 feet.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and other health care professionals.
  • Interact compassionately and effectively with the sick and injured.
  • Protect self and others from unnecessary radiation exposure.
  • Assess the condition of patients assigned for an imaging procedure.
  • Write legibly with proper spelling of medical terms.
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in relation to peers, faculty, staff and patients.
  • Conform to appropriate standards of dress, appearance, language and public behavior.
  • Show respect for individuals of different age, ethnic background, religion and/or sexual orientation.
  • Organize and accurately perform the individual steps in a nuclear medicine procedure in the proper sequence.

If you determine that you are unable to do any of the skills listed and you have a documented disability, you will then need to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided. To request an accommodation, you will need to contact the Disabilities Service Office (231-591-3057) and present documentation of your disability.