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Clinical Environment and Optimization in Nuclear Diagnostics

Semester 1

This course is designed to help the student consolidate the yearlong clinical experience and optimize the procedures generally employed in Nuclear Medicine and diagnostics. The course will consolidate the roles and responsibilities of the medical physicist along the diagnostic and treatment pathways and explore tools and techniques for optimization at each step. It is important for the physicist to have a broad understanding of each aspect of the imaging and treatment processes in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. Optimization results in more efficient management of patient loads and better clinical outcomes. Routine optimization of diagnostic and treatment procedures is a crucial part of managing a Nuclear Medicine department.


• Workflow of a diagnostic medicine department
• Clinical activities and factors that affect patient care
• Optimization of Procedures
• Clinical audits


• One Written Report (2000 words) 50%
• Presentations 50%

Learning Objectives: 

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Explain each step of the patient treatment pathway in a Nuclear Medicine or Diagnostic facility
2. Explain the role of each multidisciplinary professional in a Nuclear Medicine or Diagnostic facility
3. Assess radiation risk to the patients
4. Assess the main factors that affect image quality and patient radiation dose
5. Use clinical audits as a tool to optimize the overall quality of processes and services

Course Code: 
2 Credits
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