Nuclear medicine allows doctors a way of looking inside the human body that is different from X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds. The imaging techniques used in nuclear medicine can accurately scan the body using computers and radioactive elements that detect blood flow irregularities, tumors, organ malfunction, and aneurysms.
Benefits of Nuclear Medicine Testing
Nuclear medicine has an important role in diagnosing and treating disease. Nuclear medicine allows technicians and doctors to:
Nuclear medicine tests are also less costly than other imaging tests, gather more information, and are non-invasive.
RMU Offers Pittsburgh’s Only Nuclear Medicine Program
RMU’s Department of Health Sciences includes a Nuclear Medicine lab that allows them hands-on experience in using and testing with the same kind of equipment that are in hospitals and other healthcare settings. A newly-acquired gamma camera is being used in classes, labwork, and lectures. RMU’s students are well prepared: In 2012, all members of the graduating class of RMU’s nuclear medicine program passed their Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exams.
Robert Morris University is the only university in the Pittsburgh area that offers a four-year degree in nuclear medicine. As nuclear medicine’s practical applications continues to grow, so too are the roles of nuclear medicine technologists. Salary prospects for technologists with bachelor’s degrees in nuclear medicine are excellent: about $71,000 is the average in the Pittsburgh area.
Call or contact RMU today to learn more about our Nuclear Medicine Program.