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Nuclear Medicine: Physics, Equipment and Applications

Semester 1

The aim of the course is to discuss basic physics in radionuclide imaging and the principle of tracers in nuclear medicine.


• The Gamma Camera.
• Radionuclide image quality.
• Radionuclide tomographic imaging: Positron Emission Tomography (PET), PET-CT, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT).
• Statistics: counting error.
• Patient exposure and protection.
• Personnel exposure and protection.
• Radiation measurement.
• Principles of radiochemistry, radio-immunoimaging, and the radiopharmacy.
• Quality Control issues in nuclear medicine.

  • Coursework: 50%
    • Two in-course tests (2 x 1 hour) 30%
    • Lab/Practical 20%
  • Final Exam: 50%
    • One 2 hour written paper 50%
Learning Objectives: 

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
• recall and differentiate between the ideal characteristics of various radionuclides for diagnosis and for therapy.
• discuss the common uses and limitations of the nuclear medicine modalities: rectilinear scanners, gamma cameras, positron emission tomography (PET) systems, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) systems, and newer technology systems such as PET/CT systems. Technetium generator and radiopharmaceuticals.

Level 1
Course Code: 
3 Credits
Level 2
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