How Nuclear Medicine is Changing Patient Care: Robert Morris University How Nuclear Medicine is Changing Patient Care | Robert Morris University


Nuclear medicine allows doctors a way of looking inside the human body that is different from X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds. The imaging techniques used in nuclear medicine can accurately scan the body using computers and radioactive elements that detect blood flow irregularities, tumors, organ malfunction, and aneurysms.

Benefits of Nuclear Medicine Testing
Nuclear medicine has an important role in diagnosing and treating disease. Nuclear medicine allows technicians and doctors to: 

  • See what can’t be seen as clearly as with other types of imaging techniques. Nuclear medicine can detect blood clots in the lungs, find gallbladder problems, diagnose heart disease and examine blood flow irregularities. 
  • Diagnose certain medical issues and diseases more quickly than using other techniques. The ability to see organs, glands, and specific structures in the body allows doctors to accurately diagnosis medical issues in the earliest stages and develop the best possible management and treatment plan for patients. 
  • Use the most advanced technology to painlessly record parts of the body. When the imaging process begins, a person is given a radioactive compound called a radiopharmaceutical that is specific to the part of the body that is being examined. As it makes its way through the body, it gives off radiation, which is then detected by equipment that can make an accurate picture of the body. The computer used during this process also helps the technician read the scans. Even though radioactive materials are used during the test, it is a very small amount, and leaves the body quickly.   

Nuclear medicine tests are also less costly than other imaging tests, gather more information, and are non-invasive.  

RMU Offers Pittsburgh’s Only Nuclear Medicine Program
RMU’s Department of Health Sciences includes a Nuclear Medicine lab that allows them hands-on experience in using and testing with the same kind of equipment that are in hospitals and other healthcare settings. A newly-acquired gamma camera is being used in classes, labwork, and lectures. RMU’s students are well prepared:  In 2012, all members of the graduating class of RMU’s nuclear medicine program passed their Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exams. 

Robert Morris University is the only university in the Pittsburgh area that offers a four-year degree in nuclear medicine. As nuclear medicine’s practical applications continues to grow, so too are the roles of nuclear medicine technologists. Salary prospects for technologists with bachelor’s degrees in nuclear medicine are excellent:  about $71,000 is the average in the Pittsburgh area. 

Call or contact RMU today to learn more about our Nuclear Medicine Program