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Nuclear Medicine Technology at BCHS
Welcome from the Chair of Nuclear MedicineTechnology:
Welcome to the BCHS nuclear medicine technology website. The nuclear medicine technology program is one of several imaging and therapeutic programs in the division of allied health. The faculty and I are pleased to offer you the opportunity to explore our website to learn more about the exciting and ever-changing field of nuclear medicine! In order for our graduates to become the health care leaders of tomorrow, the BCHS nuclear medicine curriculum is designed to meet the educational and technological challenges generated by innovations in medical imaging. The nuclear medicine profession involves diagnosing and treating disease based on human physiology. Medical imaging and treatment is becoming part of an emerging area in medicine referred to as molecular medicine. Nuclear medicine plays a vital role in molecular imaging due to its physiological basis of imaging.
Kathy Hunt, MS, CNMT, FSNMTS
Program Chair, Nuclear Medicine Technlogy
What is Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT)?
If you have a keen interest in computer technology and want to know how the human body works and responds to disease or trauma, then Nuclear Medicine Technology could be a good choice for you. Nuclear Medicine combines chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and physiologic principles with knowledge of radioactivity to diagnose and treat disease. Nuclear Medicine studies evaluate organ function by visualizing the metabolic patterns associated with disease, while conventional diagnostic imaging modalities primarily focus on anatomy. The studies are safe and radiation exposure to the patient and technologist is minimal. Nuclear Medicine procedures require the inhalation, ingestion, or injection of a chemical labeled with a small amount of radioactivity to determine the function of an organ system or detect cancer. Excellent resources for information regarding this field are available through the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
Why BCHS may be the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program for You:
- Nuclear medicine technology education has been offered by Baptist Memorial Health Care since 1961 and was one of the first NMT programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT). The JRCNMT establishes, maintains, and promotes appropriate standards of quality for post secondary educational programs in nuclear medicine technology to provide skilled professional service to the patients served.
- We offer a bachelor's degree in health sciences (BHS) with a major in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
- Nuclear medicine technology students gain clinical experience in leading-edge hospitals and private practice facilities throughout the tri-state area of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.
- Since 2004, 100% of our nuclear medicine graduates have passed the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) on their first attempt.
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