Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Nuclear Medicine Physicians with Scan

Nuclear medicine physicians, also known as nuclear radiologists, use radioactive techniques and materials to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the human body. They are physicians who specialize in analyzing medical images of patients and making recommendations for treatment. They hold a doctor of medicine (M.D.) from an accredited school and are board certified in radiology. There are approximately 355,460 physicians and surgeons (all others not listed separately by the Department of Labor) employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Nuclear Radiologists
Duties Diagnose, treat, and monitor various diseases by using radioactive materials; direct nuclear medicine technicians; examine patients and record data
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Two or more years experience in a medical practice; clinical training and a residency
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Solo Practice Owner
  • Chief of Nuclear Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician
  • Medical Resident