PET Exam

The NMTCB PET Examination is a time-limited exam. A successful candidate's certification will last seven (7) years from the exam date, and will expire thereafter. In order to recertify after seven years, one must meet current eligibility requirements and pass the PET Exam again.

  • Certification must be renewed annually AND the PET Certificant must consistently maintain their NMTCB (CNMT) certification, ARRT(N), CAMRT nuclear medicine credentials and/or CAMRT(RT), CAMRT(RTT), ARRT(R) or ARRT(T) as either as "Active", "in compliance" or "in good standing."
  • PET Certification is valid for up to 7 years as is consistent for all NMTCB Specialty Exams. After 7 years, recertification will be required. This means the certificant must pass a recertification examination in order to maintain the credentials.
  • Biennial Continuing Education Requirements:
    1. The PET Certificant is not required to obtain additional CE in order to maintain this specialty credential.
A total of 820 individuals are Active PET Certificants

Introduction to the PET Exam

The PET technologist is a medical imaging technologist who has a high level of knowledge in positron emission tomography and is dedicated to producing high quality, diagnostically accurate results in a manner that is safe and effective for the patient. In addition to meeting all the eligibility requirements for nuclear medicine, radiography or radiation therapy, and passing the respective certification exam, the PET technologist has additional clinical experience and knowledge specific to the use of instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals and adjunct medications related to positron emission tomography.

The PET Exam is administered by the NMTCB as a specialty examination designed to allow the PET technologist the opportunity to demonstrate his or her expertise in the field of positron emission tomography and properly use the credentials "PET"."

Continuing Education

  • The NMTCB recognizes the passing of the PET Exam as being the equivalent of 24 hours of CE toward meeting the NMTCB CE requirements.
  • 24 SNMMI VOICE credits are awarded for passing the PET Exam. If you are not a member of the SNMMI, contact them at 703-708-9000 or www.snmmi.org to join.
  • The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accepts the successful completion of NMTCB specialty examinations as a Continuing Education waiver for nuclear medicine technologists.

Eligibility Requirements

A candidate for examination must show documented evidence of the following:

  1. Active NMTCB, ARRT(N), or CAMRT(RTNM) certification -and-
  2. A minimum of 700 hours of clinical experience as a certified/registered nuclear medicine technologist on a dedicated PET scanner or PET/CT scanner

Active CAMRT(RT), CAMRT(RTT), ARRT(R) or ARRT(T) Certificants must fulfill all three requirements below:

  1. Active CAMRT(RT),CAMRT(RTT), ARRT(R) or ARRT(T) certification.
  2. 700 hours of documented clinical experience performing all aspects of PET imaging including radiopharmaceutical handling, injection (if permitted by state and/or institutional regulations) and imaging. Imaging may be performed on a PET and/or a PET/CT scanner. Supervision must be performed by a nuclear medicine physician or radiologist AND direct supervision must be performed by a certified NMTCB, ARRT(N) or CAMRT(RTNM) nuclear medicine technologist.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of fifteen (15) contact hours of coursework in each of the following areas: radiopharmacy, nuclear medicine instrumentation and radiation safety. Only coursework from an accredited college or university, accredited nuclear medicine program or approved continuing education credits recognized by NMTCB, such as VOICE/ECE, will be accepted. You may find courses to satisfy the 45 hour coursework requirement here.

Exam Content

The following is an abbreviated list of the content for the NMTCB's PET Specialty Exam.

  1. Diagnostic Procedures (~35%) [70 items]
  2. Instrumentation/Quality Control (~30%) [60 items]
  3. Radiation Protection (~10%) [20 items]
  4. Radiopharmaceuticals (~25%) [50 items]

Click here to see the more detailed exam content specifications.

Application

Click here to go to the PET application instructions.

Item Writing

We need your assistance. The NMTCB is in need of PET Technologists (PET's) to write exam items for the PET Specialty examination. If you are interested, please visit our Item Writer's Invitation page or contact us at board@nmtcb.org. We really appreciate your support!

A total of 820 individuals are Active PET Certificants