The U.S. Nuclear Medicine Technologist Study is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota, the National Cancer Institute, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

U.S. Nuclear Medicine Technologists Study

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) are collaborating with the University of Minnesota and the National Cancer Institute on a new cohort study of U.S. Nuclear Medicine Technologists (USNMT). The study will focus on the rapidly expanding field of nuclear medicine in health care to help more fully understand potential health risks to people working in jobs with medical ionizing radiation exposure. Findings from the U.S. Radiologic Technologists (USRT) Study, which has been underway since 1982, suggest that further research is warranted to understand the risks to people working with nuclear medicine procedures. The new study will focus on exposures associated with modern nuclear medicine practice.

People certified by the ARRT or NMTCB after 1980 will be contacted to participate in this study by completing a questionnaire survey. This survey will collect information about nuclear medicine procedures performed, related work practices, and radiation safety measures used over different periods of time. Early Fall 2016, approximately 1500 NMTs will be selected to participate in a feasibility study and asked to complete the online survey about their work in nuclear medicine.

If you receive an email about the USNMT Study, please consider sharing your work experience in nuclear medicine. Regardless of whether you are still working in the field, have left the profession, or are retired, your participation is important because your experiences may differ from others. For the study to be valid, researchers need to know about all different experiences.

If you wish to contact the University of Minnesota Research staff, call 1-800-447-6466 or email usnmt@umn.edu.

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