Individuals working as a nuclear medicine technologist before January 1 , 2011, who are not accredited must complete a training program designed to demonstrate competency in the following areas:
patient and personnel protection including:
biological effects of radiation;
basic concepts of radiation protection; and
Minnesota Department of Health rules for radiation exposure;
radiopharmaceutical characteristics including:
method of localization; and
proper handling of radioactive materials including:
inspection and survey of packages;
storage of radioactive material;
disposal of radioactive waste; and
United States Department of Transportation training requirements for shippers;
factors affecting image quality including:
patient and detector orientation;
patient anatomical factors;
immobilization techniques; and
facility monitoring including:
survey equipment operation and uses; and
radioactive spill responses; and
administration of radiopharmaceuticals during supervised clinical experience.
Clinical experience must be supervised by an individual who is accredited in nuclear medicine or by a physician who appears as an authorized user on an agreement state or United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission radioactive materials license.
Individuals in a training program indicated in subpart 1 cannot work as a nuclear medicine technologist before obtaining documentation of competency as required in part 4731.4615 unless the individual works under the direct supervision of:
an individual who is accredited in nuclear medicine; or
a physician who appears as an authorized user on an agreement state or United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission radioactive materials license.
Individuals working as nuclear medicine technologists before January 1, 2011, who are not accredited must:
obtain 24 hours of continuing education every 24 months;
have the continuing education training approved by any of the organizations listed in part 4731.4600, subpart 2; and
retain documentation of continuing education for five years and make it available for inspection upon request by the department.
August 27, 2015
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