The future of nuclear medicine technology: are we ready for advanced practice?

J Nucl Med Technol. 2000 Dec;28(4):280-6.


Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify the clinical skills, commonly performed by nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs), that are beyond the entry-level practice guidelines and to determine NMTs' interest in the development of an advanced practice career pathway for nuclear medicine technology.

Methods: The Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section (SNMTS) conducted a survey of 1000 technologists certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) to determine which advanced clinical skills were being performed by NMTs and the level of training required to perform these skills.

Results: Those who responded to the survey were older and tended to have more years of experience and a higher level of responsibility as compared to the average technologist. Sixty-two percent of the respondents thought the SNMTS should develop an advanced practice career pathway, and 85% thought that advanced practice education should be delivered in nontraditional formats such as nights, weekends, and by distance education.

Conclusion: NMTs reported a high level of interest in an advanced practice career pathway that could be completed while they remained employed.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Forecasting
  • Nuclear Medicine / standards
  • Nuclear Medicine / trends*
  • Technology, Radiologic / standards
  • Technology, Radiologic / trends*
  • United States