dual licensed tech in Brooklyn, New York said: I just wanted to clarify a little about what nukesem is saying. And for all those reading this post, I'm ONLY referring to NY State!! Every state is different. In order to work in NY, as any kind of radiology tech, you MUST apply for radiation license from NYSDOH. There are separate licenses for Xray and Nucs. NY state says that CNMT and/or ARRT(N) can operate a PET/CT scanner only if they take the accredited school at SUNY Stonybrook which allows nuc techs to sit for the CT exam. The limitation is that this is ONLY for LOW DOSE non-diagnostic PET/CT scans.
Here are two obstacles: 1) If the place does high dose (aka diagnostic PET/CT scans using high KV and high mA), then CNMT and/or ARRT(N) CAN NOT operate Pet/CT scanner.
I know this post was from 2 years ago - I just can't seem to find this information many places and am having a hard time getting in touch with the right person at the DOH.
I've been working in PET/CT for a long time in the DC area, and have Nuc Med & CT certifications (RT(N) and RT(CT)) but I do not have an RT(R). Does this mean I could definitely not get an injection license in NYS? I saw this on a job posting, and assumed they were talking about a license to inject IV materials like radiopharmaceuticals, then started reading this thread and felt silly, realizing they were probably referring to contrast.
Do you know, for a diagnostic license to perform PET/CT, would having gone to an ARRT accredited school for nucs, then passing the CT exam make me eligible? Or only if I went to a CT program?
Basically, I'm trying to figure out if I have any chance getting a PET/CT job in NYS - I haven't worked in general Nucs for over 6 years, and feel so out of place anywhere else!