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 focuses 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 focuses on exposures associated with modern nuclear medicine practice.

People certified by the ARRT or NMTCB after 1980 are contacted to participate in this study by completing a questionnaire survey. This survey collects information about nuclear medicine procedures performed, related work practices, and radiation safety measures used over different periods of time. To date 1,500 Nuclear Medical Technologists first certified 1980 or later, were invited to participate in the study and complete the online work history survey. This included active, retired, and former nuclear medicine technologists.

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