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  • 1) Prepares and dispenses radioactive pharmaceuticals used for patient diagnosis and therapy, applying principles and practices of pharmacy and radiochemistry: Receives radiopharmaceutical prescription from physician and reviews prescription to determine suitability of radiopharmaceutical for intended use.

  • 2) Verifies that specified radioactive substance and reagent will give desired results in examination or treatment procedures, utilizing knowledge of radiopharmaceutical preparation and principles of drug biodistribution.

  • 3) Calculates volume of radioactive pharmaceutical required to provide patient with desired level of radioactivity at prescribed time, according to established rates of radioisotope decay.

  • 4) Compounds radioactive substances and reagents to prepare radiopharmaceutical, following radiopharmacy laboratory procedures.

  • 5) Assays prepared radiopharmaceutical, using measuring and analysis instruments and equipment, such as ionization chamber, pulse-height analyzer, and radioisotope dose calibrator, to verify rate of drug disintegration and to ensure that patient receives required dose.

  • 6) Consults with physician following patient treatment or procedure to review and evaluate quality and effectiveness of radiopharmaceutical.

  • 7) Conducts research to develop or improve radiopharmaceuticals.

  • 8) Prepares reports for regulatory agencies to obtain approval for testing and use of new radiopharmaceuticals.

  • 9) Maintains control records for receipt, storage, preparation, and disposal of radioactive nuclei.

  • 10) Occasionally conducts training for students and medical professionals concerning radiopharmacy use, characteristics, and compounding procedures.




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Job Number: 8192