Nuclear medicine is a medical imaging modality that provides physiologic information to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging techniques play an important role in the management of a wide variety of health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and neurological disorders.
The nuclear medicine technologist is an allied health professional who works directly with patients to acquire and prepare images for interpretation by a nuclear medicine physician, radiologist, or cardiologist. The major responsibilities of the nuclear medicine technologist include ensuring the proper function of imaging equipment, preparing and administering radiopharmaceuticals, positioning patients for imaging examinations, following standardized protocols to obtain necessary images, and optimizing the diagnostic quality of images with computer processing applications. On a daily basis, technologists must think critically, multitask multiple priorities, and communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and superiors.
The nuclear medicine program blends a strong foundation in didactic knowledge and technical skills with the traditional values of a Regis liberal arts education. The curriculum enhances classroom instruction with a fully operational nuclear medicine lab and clinical internships at cutting-edge hospitals and medical centers in and around Boston. Students also engage in original research projects, with opportunities to present findings at regional and national conferences.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification board exams in nuclear medicine offered by the Nuclear Medicine Certification Boards (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
The program is designed for registered and/or certified technologists. The program is offered in a variety of formats such as traditional courses, but courses are also offered online and in a hybrid format (both online and in class).