You have to log a certain amount of hours for PET/CT and have direct RPharm training and radiation saftey training to qualify for the PET/CT exam. On top of that you would have to log 3 months of PET/CT exams. In washington state a Nuc Med tech needs to either have his ARRT(R) or ARRT (CT) or the PETCT registery to legaly operate the eqipment alone. Though this is not clearly defined in our state it will all come down to reimberusment from private insurance/Medicaide and Medicare. I forsee it being a requirement within the next couple of years.
The fact: it is way cheaper to train a nuc med tech to do CT. However it's very diffuclt to provide a CT tech with the proper training vs. liablity to handle high energy isotopes.