Diagnostic Medical Imaging Nuclear Medicine (DMIN) is the scientific and clinical discipline involving the diagnostic and therapeutic use of radionuclides. Simply put, nuclear medicine specialists help treat disease and image the body.
In the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Nuclear Medicine (DMIN) program, students learn the skills necessary to produce high-quality diagnostic images of patients. Nuclear medicine students are instructed to deliver compassionate patient care; abstract data from patient records; prepare, calculate and administer radiopharmaceuticals; operate scanning equipment; perform computer acquisitions; analyze patient studies; and assist the physician when necessary.
The curriculum for this 15-month program includes clinical nuclear medicine, nuclear medicine procedures, nuclear physics, radiation detection with imaging and non-imaging instrumentation, radiation safety, radiation biology, radioactive material regulations, radiopharmacy, positron emission tomography, computer applications and patient care.
The student also spends three days a week at the clinical affiliate and two days a week at the college.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the certification exams administered by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT).
The Nuclear Medicine program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Nuclear Medicine Technology. In 2005, there were 100 accredited programs in the continental United States and Puerto Rico. In addition, the following organizations recognize the COD Nuclear Medicine program accreditation:
- American College of Radiology
- American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
- American Society of Clinical Pathologists
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists
- Society of Nuclear Medicine, Society of Nuclear Medicine - Technologist Section
- American Medical Association
Graduate achievement data is an indicator of program effectiveness, demonstrating the extent to which a program achieves its goals. The current report on graduate achievement data, identified by program, is available on the JRCNMT website by clicking on the following link: Graduate Achievement Report.
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