First Saudi woman earns nuclear medicine certification

January 17, 2008

Naila M. Faran has become the first Saudi woman to earn the Nuclear Medicine Certification Board’s (NMTCB) certification in Nuclear Medicine Technology, Saudi Aramco reported on its website today.  

Faran is a senior radiologic technologist with the Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO). Her certification was the result of nearly a decade of work and study in a highly technical field.

She graduated from the King Saud University Medical Sciences College in 2002, and joined SAMSO’s Advanced Imaging Unit at the Dhahran Health Center shortly afterwards. In 2006, she was selected for the Nuclear Medicine Certification Program in California, and received her certification in September 2007.

“I think that Dhahran Health Center has one of the top nuclear medicine programs in the world because of its high standards, hands-on approach, and openness to innovation. Everyone is given lots of freedom to express and use their knowledge,” Faran said, as quoted on Aramco’s website.

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medicine and medical imaging that uses the nuclear properties of matter in diagnosis and therapy. The certification standards established by the Georgia-based NMTCB include educational requirements, practical experience and completion of an examination.