The following is a clarification of the current state of affairs regarding the operation of
The State of California currently has no mechanism for nuclear medicine technologists,
radiographers, or radiation therapists to easily obtain cross training in the use of PET/CT
scanners. As outlined below depending on your certification you may or have limited
access to legally operate these instruments. Complicating the issue is the fact the State of
California has no mechanism for nuclear medicine technologists, radiographers, or
radiation therapists to meet the requirements to sit for certifying examinations to operate
these scanners and no way to obtain a license for the hybrid modality if someone were to
pass a certifying examination.
Only those technologists with a California State license in Nuclear Medicine can
operate Nuclear Medicine and PET scanners.
Only those technologists with a California State license in X-Ray can operate CT
A nuclear medicine technologist CAN operate a PET/CT scanner in the dual
A nuclear medicine technologist CAN NOT operate a PET/CT scanner in the
diagnostic (stand alone mode) or inject contrast.
A dual licensed technologist can operate both PET and CT scanners.
We your elected leaders of the PSWTC of the Society of Nuclear Medicine are working
to make our elected leaders in government aware of this licensing dilemma. We need to
make changes to Title 17 to allow for this type of dual imaging modality. Dual PET/CT
imaging is still a young modality but growing in importance. Currently there are only a
handful of technologists who can legally operate this equipment. In order to better utilize
this technology and we need more trained and credentialed technologists.