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Can you tell me in michigan, are there limited jobs as respiratory therapist, radiation therapist, radiologic technologist, or nuclear medicine technologist?

Can you tell me in michigan, are there limited jobs as respiratory therapist, radiation therapist, radiologic technologist, or nuclear medicine technologist?

Med job openings: It looks like there are not a lot of jobs for nuc med tech in Michigan right now, but there are several openings for the others.

These jobs are typically plentiful across the country. ...Read more

Dr. TAPAN CHAUDHURI
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Nuclear Medicine (Definition)

The medical specialty of nuclear medicine involves the use of unsealed radioactive pharmaceuticals that can help image molecular flow throughout the body. The medical use of radiopharmaceuticals also includes the treatment of some cancers and bone pain. Nuclear medicine is separate from diagnostic radiology, which utilizes the use of external (sealed) radioactivity ...Read more


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What's the difference between a radiographer, a radiation therapist and a nuclear medicine tech? I'm from australia and I am wondering for university.

What's the difference between a radiographer, a radiation therapist and a nuclear medicine tech? I'm from australia and I am wondering for university.

1st is a person who: Takes x rays; a radiation therapist is a person who works with a radiation oncologist to give precise doses of radiation for the different cancers (for treatment);
the nuc med tech is one who works in x ray dept giving radioactive meds for bone scans etc. (done for diagnostic purposes).
Hope this is helpful in making your career choices.

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Being a radiation therapist how exposed are you really to the radiation?

Being a radiation therapist how exposed are you really to the radiation?

Very little: Radiation therapists run the therapy machines and interact with patients. They do not spend any time in the vault when the beam is on, so they get no more exposure than any one else. ...Read more

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Can you please list the risks associated with being a radiation therapist?

Same as any Med Job: Radiation therapists interact closely with patients undergoing radiation therapy. Patients often form a strong bond with them. Therapists have the same exposures to infectious/bloodborne pathogens that any healthcare worker have. We monitor radiation exposure, however there is no direct exposure to radiation since there is heavy shielding around the vault. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a radiation therapist and a dosimetrist?

One is a MD, the oth: A radiation therapist (or radiation oncologist) designs radiation therapy usually for cancer. A dosimetrist helps him to calculate the actual dosage to the area being irradiated and surrounding tissue so the maximum dose id delivered to the area needing it and normal surrounding tissue receives the lowest possible dose ...Read more

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What's the difference between a radiation oncologist and a radiation therapist?

MD vs. Non-MD: Radiation oncologists are MDs with special training in radiation therapy. Radiation therapists assist radiation oncologist in administering radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

Nuc Med injects dyes: In nuclear medicine, we inject radioactive "dyes" to image or treat patients. In radiation oncology, x-rays are generated outside the patient and irradiate tumors (usually) that are in the body. They treat different diseases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nuclear medicine and radiation oncology?

What is the difference between nuclear medicine and radiation oncology?

Specialties: Nuclear medicine and radiation oncology or radiation therapy are not the same, but there is some overlap. Nuclear medicine typically includes some imaging like bone scans and pet scans as well as maybe some therapy with unsealed sources. Radiation oncology can also include unsealed sources (that's the overlap) as well as external beam rt and brachythearpy but no imaging. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a nuclear medicine technologist?

Could you explain what is a nuclear medicine technologist?

Technologist...: Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radiotracers for diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures. They position patients correctly to obtain the appropriate images and help with image processing and other tasks. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risk for nuclear medicine procedures? I heard that there will be radiation exposure associating with the procedures, how harmful is this to my body?

What are the benefits and risk for nuclear medicine procedures? I heard that there will be radiation exposure associating with the procedures, how harmful is this to my body?

Physiologic study: Nuclear medicine involves using internal irradiation in order to define function of various organ systems of body, . Some isotopes are injected iv, inhaled, and some ingested. Most diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures involve low doses of radiation. The isotopes of higher doses are used to treat thyroid diseases or cancer. Benefits are from diagnosis of abnormality that can be detected/ treated. ...Read more

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What are the differences between radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine?

What are the differences between radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine?

Different radiation: Radiography or x-ray involves low dose ionizing radiation with images of chest, skeleton, skull etc. Radiation therapy uses high dose ionizing to treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read more

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Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.

Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes giving radioisotopes by mouth or vein for the treatment of certain cancers (most commonly thyroid, lymphoma and bone mets) and hyperthyroidism. This is different than brachytherapy done by Radiation Oncologists in which radioactive seeds are put in a tumor ...Read more

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How do diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine differ?

How do diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine differ?

Different radiation: Radiography or x-ray involves low dose ionizing radiation with images of chest, skeleton, skull etc. Radiation therapy uses high dose ionizing to treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read more

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Nuclear medicine, indium white blood cell test question what are the steps involved in taking an indium white blood cell test? Do I need to be worried about the radiation levels of the radioactive blood being introduced back into my blood stream?

Nuclear medicine, indium white blood cell test question what are the steps involved in taking an indium white blood cell test? Do I need to be worried about the radiation levels of the radioactive blood being introduced back into my blood stream?

A: A white blood cell test is one of the most labor intensive preparations that we do in nuclear medicine. We start with a blood draw from a person. The blood is then transported to the lab where it is centrifuged to separate it into plasma, red cells and white cells. The white cells are pipetted off and are labeled with indium-111. These white cells are then transported back to the facility. After positive re-identification of the patient is made (for infection control purposes), the blood is re-injected into the patient. We then wait 24 hours for these living cells to "home in" on an infection. Finally we image the patient to identify any infections (hot spots of white cells).

We only do a nuclear medicine test in cases where there is a medical question to be answered. You doctor has decided that the small amount of radiation which you are going to receive is "worth" the diagnostic answer that he is going to receive with this study. A positive white blood cell test often results in the patient being on antibiotics for 6 months so I think you can see that a lot is riding on the results of this study. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nuclear medicine radiation and ct/x-ray? Is it true that the only radiation you receive in nuclear medicine is the radioactive tracer that is administered into your vein? If so, does this radiation not accumulate as ct/x ray

Yes.: In nuclear medicine a radioactive "tracer" (e.g. Technetium) is injected into a vein and the gamma rays are emitted from the body and detected by a gamma camera placed against the body to create an image. The radioactivity decays over time and is also excreted from the body. With ct, the x-rays are passed through the body from an xray tube to create an image and do not reside in the body. ...Read more

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Can a radiation therapy technologist work overtime, or is it not allowed due to too much radiation exposure?

Can a radiation therapy technologist work overtime, or is it not allowed due to too much radiation exposure?

Overtime Allowed: With following guidelines and safe radiation practices, dose to the technologist, therapist, doctor, nurse and other health related workers are typically well below limits that interfere with mandated regulations. ...Read more

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What willit take to become a physical therapist in sports medicine?

Masters or PhD: That's a great question. First a pt undergrad degree and lots of experience in sports medicine. Most go on to get a masters or phd in pt as well with some research work. Then intern with an amazing group that will give you experience treating athletes. ...Read more

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Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Why would s/he?: Someone already trained in shiatsu massage is presumably competent to practice his/her own area of complementary and alternative medicine (cam). Unless s/he wants to also learn about other treatments and systems of healing that are part of cam, it seems unnecessary. An "overview" course in cam would probably be less in depth in any one area than needed to really practice that modality well. ...Read more

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Tomorrow is first appointment w psychiatrist. My therapist wants me back on meds. Do I tell him the illegal drugs I still take? Or how suicidal I am?

Tomorrow is first appointment w psychiatrist. My therapist wants me back on meds. Do I tell him the illegal drugs I still take? Or how suicidal I am?

First visit: To meet a psychiatrist for the first time is frightening. You don't know who is he/she and if would be helpful to you. You can relax by thinking positively. Bring your records, your medicines, and expect to relate with a professional trained to work on your best interest. Make all efforts to be sincere and clear about your use of drugs and problems which have been obstacles for you before. ...Read more

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Is telling a therapist about drug use safe?

Is telling a therapist about drug use safe?

Yes: You should let your therapist know about drug use. They can not tell anyone else, other than a supervising psychiatrist. And they need to know! ...Read more

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Could an occupational therapist give any medicine?

Medication prescribe: Typically licensed practitioners who are able to prescribe medications if they are not physicians (M.Ds, D.Os, dentists, podiatrists etc,) are either licensed practical nurses or physician assistants. This varies depending on your jurisdiction, some requiring or not physician supervision typically from mds or dos. I have never heard of occupational or physical therapist prescribing medications. ...Read more

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What kind of drugs can a respiratory therapist push?

What kind of drugs can a respiratory therapist push?

Respiratory Therapy: A therapist in most hospitals has standard orders to choose standard medications based on the pulmonary function of the patient. These are according to strict established protocols. These are nebulizer medications such as albuterol. They do not "push" medications. Other medications such as steroids in the nebulizers are specifically ordered by physicians. ...Read more

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Do you know of therapists for teens that specialize in drug treatment?

Do you know of therapists for teens that specialize in drug treatment?

Yes: Yes there are specialists for drug abuse in teens. Your pediatrician or local children's hospital would know whom to call. ...Read more

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Can therapist order drug screening without telling me and I don't use drugs so can they it bothers me?

Can therapist order drug screening without telling me and I don't use drugs so can they it bothers me?

Talk to your doctor: In general, no test should be done without a patient's consent or knowledge. Exceptions to this would be emergencies and particularly in life-threatening situations where need for diagnosis and proper treatment are crucial. Talk to your therapist about your feelings and concerns. I bet your therapist may have been concerned about you. Hopefully you two can discuss the matter and move forward. ...Read more

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Therapist&shrink say purposely o.d.ing w drugs is suicide attempt. I say no cuz I'd take 20 more pills rather than 2. I like the risk. Who's right?

Therapist&shrink say purposely o.d.ing w drugs is suicide attempt. I say no cuz I'd take 20 more pills rather than 2. I like the risk. Who's right?

Drug Dependence: I understand your unhappiness with your therapist and shrink’s opinion.

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I'm Rx'd10mg clonazepam x2/daily for seizures & anxiety - I've taken the medicine for 10+ years & it works great. Exc rapport w Dr & therapist. Safe?

I'm Rx'd10mg clonazepam x2/daily for seizures & anxiety - I've taken the medicine for 10+ years & it works great. Exc rapport w Dr & therapist. Safe?

Not really: You shouldn't take klonipin for seizures, if that is what your are having. Klonipin is used for anxiety and panic attacks. For seizures, it can stop working and is highly addictive. ...Read more

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What the difference between sports medicine physician and a physical therapist?

What the difference between sports medicine physician and a physical therapist?

Prescribing..: A sports medicine physician had graduated from 4 years of medical school, 3-5 years of residency, 1-2 years of fellowship, and has an md or do degree who can order studies, prescribe pt, prescribe medications, etc. A physical therapist is skilled in hands on physical treatment. If a physical therapist is on health tap they can further comment on the educational duration and background. ...Read more