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Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Also called: Director of Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Nuclear Medicine Specialist, Physician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Nuclear Medicine Physician; Radiotherapist

What they do:
Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.
On the job, you would:
  • Prescribe radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
  • Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
  • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.


  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology
  • physics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • figuring out how to use new ideas or things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Motion correction software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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