PET/CT technologists have a wide variety of alternative career paths available, including:
Senior staff technologist in PET/CT
Research PET/CT technologist
Technology program educator
Chief PET/CT technologist
Team leader, lead or supervisor
Industry sales representative, technical specialist
An Exciting Future
Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) will continue to be a field at the forefront of modern clinical medicine and technological development. The future has never been brighter thanks to:
The development of new positron emission tomography radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Promising research and development of cancer-detecting and cancer-killing agents, such as genetically engineered antibodies
Instrumental in novel developments of new PET radiopharmaceuticals for use in diagnosis of neurologic disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease
The expanding clinical use of PET/CT in an effort to discover other possibilities of studying biochemistry and metabolism within living tissues.
The PET/CT program affords students with opportunities to combine a solid education with career studies. As the field of PET/CT continues to develop and equipment becomes more sophisticated, students who posses the correct technical skills, along with the broad educational background, will continue to be in demand throughout the world.
A Variety of Opportunities
PET/CT technologists work in a wide variety of clinical settings, such as
University-affiliated teaching hospitals and medical centers
Outpatient imaging facilities
- Public health institutions
- Education - as faculty, clinical instructor or program educator
Government and private research institutes
Salaries in PET/CT are among the highest within the radiologic field. Salaries tend to vary with geographic regions and cost of living.