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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: 100%
    • Two in-course tests (2 x 1 hour) 50%
    • One Two hour Written Paper 30%
    • Practical 20%
Learning Objectives: 

The objectives are to recall and differentiate between the ideal characteristics of various radionuclides for diagnosis and for therapy. To 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.

Course Code: 
3 Credits
Level 1
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