Although nuclear medicine is commonly used for diagnostic purposes, it also provides valuable therapeutic applications such as treatment of hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, blood imbalances, and pain relief from certain types of bone cancers. Nuclear medicine technologists operate equipment that creates images of areas of a patient’s body. They also prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients. The drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images produced. Most nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals. Some work in physicians’ offices, diagnostic laboratories, or imaging clinics. Most nuclear medicine technologists work full time.
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