DALHOUSIE SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES
STATEMENT OF FITNESS
Nuclear Medicine Technology
The health professions, including Nuclear Medicine Technology, in the Bachelor of Health
Science program are intellectually, emotionally and physically demanding. It is important that
students become familiar with the profession before entering the program so that they are able to
function at an acceptable standard.
Specific to physical demands, Nuclear Medicine Technologists are commonly required to lift and
manipulate heavy equipment through a wide range of movements (~ 20-30 kg). They are
required to lift and position patients of various abilities and sizes. They must wear radiation
protective apparel, occasionally for extended periods (~ 2.5-8.5 kg). They must be able to use
fine motor skills to adjust dials/knobs on imaging/medical equipment, view information
displayed on film and computer monitors and distinguish fine differences of contrast/brightness
and resolution on images. They need to be able to assess image nuances on colour monitors,
produce, dispense and inject radiopharmaceuticals, which requires manual dexterity and visual
acuity. They are required to sit for significant amounts of time during the day to analyze data on
a computer monitor, stand for long periods of time while imaging patients and hear/respond to
low voices as well as alarms and buzzers in an equipment noise environment. They must remain
physically active and mentally alert for extended periods of time
Additionally there may be emergency situations that arise in the health care setting that require
students to respond immediately. Working environment (sensitive) products encountered include
latex gloves, cleaning solutions, and biological/chemically hazardous materials.
Students who have concerns with these demands of the profession should contact the school for
further information at 473-5510.