I have always wanted to care for people. Nuclear Medicine stood out for me as my passions lie in maths and physics plus I find the radiation aspect really interesting.
All clinical technologists are trained in the administration of radiopharmaceuticals. The most common scan in nuclear medicine is a bone scan which is mainly used to detect bone metastases (secondary cancer) in patients with cancer, usually breast or prostate as these cancers spread to the bone first. There are many more scans clinical technologists conduct such as kidney function scans usually in children with recurrent UTI’s and brain function scans for Parkinson’s.
Patients I see on placement tend to be apprehensive due to their investigations being linked with diagnosis. Also, the fear of the radiation involved in these scans can make patients scared as they do not fully understand it. We can make a huge difference to people by keeping them fully informed about their investigation, comforting them and making their time with us as easy as possible. They receive the best care within the NHS and I am so proud to be a part of that.
A Nuclear Medicine Technologist is also a care-giver and a vital part of the job involves gaining a patient’s trust, explaining the procedure to them, answering questions and obtaining additional information relevant to the procedure. Monitoring and reassuring patients during procedures is key and specialist skills are required when treating children.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting new friends in the other healthcare science courses at Swansea University, and I’ve got to know people from so many difference places. The course is quite intensive but I made time to represent Swansea University at open days as an ambassador for my course, which I thoroughly enjoy promoting!
My dream is to be part of a nuclear medicine team, hopefully in south Wales. I enjoy caring for patients and ensuring they have the best possible treatment enabling them to live their lives to the fullest.