Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine physicians use nuclear imaging and radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions, including cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological disorders. Nuclear imaging provides unique information that often cannot be obtained using other imaging procedures, offering the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages.

I have enjoyed Nuclear Medicine as a specialty and have never had a day where I regret doing it. Nuclear Medicine examines the functional aspect of disease processes, and compliments the anatomical information provided by Radiological modalities.


The emergence of PET imaging and hybrid imaging such as PET/CT and PET/MRI in the last decade has become an integral part of cancer management, and I appreciate the opportunities that allow me to helpĀ patients who are affected by this frightening diagnosis.

Dr Stanley Ngai
Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Specialist

Clinical Practice

Nuclear medicine physicians practice in both public and private health facilities, working collaboratively with other medical specialists and health professionals to diagnose and treat patients of all ages.

Statistics and information - Nuclear Medicine

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours

Average Age

% Aged 60+

57% of 2018 workforce intend to retire by 2028

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Location - QLD

Major cities

Public/Private QLD


Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD


Length of Training

6 years full-time (3 years basic training, 3 years advanced training)

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACP.

Training program overview

Nuclear medicine advanced training may be undertaken following completion of requirements for basic training with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). The nuclear medicine training program incorporates work-based learning and assessment, with successful trainees attaining the qualification of FRACP with accreditation to practise as a Nuclear Medicine Physician in Australia or New Zealand. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) trainees complete nuclear medicine training through the RACP, with successful RANZCR trainees issued a letter confirming satisfactory completion of the Nuclear Medicine program, with accreditation to practice as a Specialist in Nuclear Medicine in Australia or New Zealand.


Applicants must hold current medical registration, have completed RACP basic training requirements and have secured appointment to an appropriate advanced training position.


Minimum 40% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 8 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed. Interruptions of more than 12 continuous months may require additional assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis). Interruptions of more than 24 continuous months may require additional training time and/or assessments (determined on a case-by-case basis).

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