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Nuclear Medicine Physicians - 29-1069.05

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Director of Nuclear Medicine
  • Medical Director, Nuclear Medicine Department
  • Medical Doctor, Nuclear Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine Medical Director
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist
  • Physician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer radioisotopes to clinical patients or research subjects.
  • Advise other physicians of the clinical indications, limitations, assessments, or risks of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioactive materials.
  • Calculate, measure, or prepare radioisotope dosages.
  • Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
  • Compare nuclear medicine procedures with other types of procedures, such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography.
  • Conduct laboratory procedures, such as radioimmunoassay studies of blood or urine, using radionuclides.
  • Consult with anesthesiologists regarding recommended dosages or combinations of sedative drugs.
  • Consult with patients following radiation treatments to provide information and assess outcomes or to recommend further consultation or treatments, as appropriate.
  • Determine appropriate tests or protocols, based on patients' needs or conditions.
  • Direct nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
  • Direct the safe management and disposal of radioactive substances.
  • Establish and enforce radiation protection standards for patients and staff.
  • Formulate plans and procedures for nuclear medicine departments.
  • Interpret imaging data and confer with other medical specialists to formulate diagnoses.
  • Interview and physically examine patients prior to testing.
  • Monitor cleanup of radioactive spills to ensure that proper procedures are followed and that decontamination activities are conducted.
  • Monitor handling of radioactive materials to ensure that established procedures are followed.
  • Monitor quality control of radionuclide preparation, administration, or disposition, ensuring that activities comply with applicable regulations and standards.
  • Perform cardiovascular nuclear medicine procedures, such as exercise testing and pharmacologic stress testing.
  • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
  • Prescribe radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
  • Provide advice on the selection of nuclear medicine supplies or equipment.
  • Review procedure requests and patients' medical histories to determine applicability of procedures and radioisotopes to be used.
  • Schedule examinations and staff activities.
  • Teach nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, or other specialties at graduate educational level.
  • Test dosage evaluation instruments and survey meters to ensure they are operating properly.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
  • Check quality of diagnostic images.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Manage healthcare operations.
  • Monitor the handling of hazardous materials or medical wastes.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Schedule medical facility use.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Test patient heart or lung functioning.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.
  • Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Diagnostic Radiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Body Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Cardiothoracic Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Musculoskeletal (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Neuroradiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Pediatric (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Special Procedures (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Women s Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Radiation Oncologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiotherapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief Technologist, Nuclear Medicine