Helen Pipilakis chose to study the nuclear medicine stream as part of the Medical Radiations degree at RMIT University. She is now a nuclear medicine technologist at Monash Health.
TEXT ON SCREEN: Nuclear Medicine. Helen Pipilakis tells us how her enjoyment of science and connecting with people has led her to an exciting career in the field of nuclear medicine. RMIT logo.
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VISUAL: Montage on Helen at work in a hospital. She performs different medical scans, is seen talking with patients and colleagues, operates equipment and looks at scans results and medical images.
HELEN PIPILAKIS VOICE OVER: I'm a nuclear medicine technologist at Monash Health. We use gamma cameras and PET scanners to look inside the body. We image for lots of different things to help diagnose and treat patients. At school, my mind thrived on science and I knew I wanted to work in health care. I chose RMIT because it was the only place in Victoria offering a specialised nuclear medicine degree. I spent several weeks on placement in nuclear medicine departments - large, small, public and private. It meant I graduated feeling prepared for work. I love working with people and spending time with patients talking to them, explaining what's happening and making sure the experience isn't too daunting. Before each scan I'll inject a tracer known as a radiopharmaceutical. These make it possible for us to assess bodily functions and to identify abnormal tissue. It's exciting to work with the latest technology and see the difference it can make. I'm lucky to work at each Monash Health site and gain experience in all aspects of nuclear medicine. The variety is fantastic and I never get bored. Every day has a potential to be different but at the end of each day I leave loving what I do because whether I'm diagnosing or treating a patient I know I've made a difference.
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TEXT ON SCREEN: Monash Imaging Nuclear Medicine and PET logo. Monash Health logo.
TEXT ON SCREEN: RMIT logo. www.rmit.edu.au. This video features the song “Let’s Play” available under a royalty free license.
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