Nuclear Medicine Technology


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  • Course Descriptions

    • NMT 501. Nuclear Medicine Foundations. An introduction to nuclear medicine technology emphasizing patient care; principles of nuclear radiation and safety; instrumentation and quality control; and medical law and ethics specific to NMT. Nuclear medicine mathematic applications for radionuclide activity, volume, concentration, decay and unit conversion formulas are introduced. Techniques and procedures for proper venipuncture in nuclear medicine procedures are presented in the laboratory setting. Medical terminology is presented and includes a study of word origins, structures, abbreviations, and symbols.  (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • NMT 506. Nuclear Physics & Radiobiology. Presents qualitative and quantitative concepts of radiation physics and radiobiology pertaining to medical applications in nuclear medicine; atomic and nuclear structure, radioactive decay, properties of radiation; and photon interactions in matter. Additionally, the course examines physical, chemical and biological mechanisms involved in radiation to living cells and their components. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0)
    • NMT 510. Nuclear Medicine Technology Principles. A study of the fundamental concepts of radiopharmaceutical production and mechanisms of localization; theoretical and practical concepts of nuclear instrumentation and statistics; principles of in vivo and in vitro counting and imaging; and Gamma/SPECT/PET technology and image reconstruction techniques. Medical terminology of surgical procedures, medical specialties and diagnostic procedures is presented, including definitions, spelling and pronunciation of medical terms. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • NMT 512. Applied Nuclear Medicine Imaging I. A study of anatomy, physiology, terminology and pathology related to diagnostic nuclear medicine for the skeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary systems. The course presents current uses of radiopharmaceuticals for organ visualization and function. Principles for determining diagnostic value of imaging results are presented in the laboratory setting. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • NMT 524. Applied Nuclear Medicine Imaging II. A study of anatomy, physiology, terminology and pathology related to diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine for the endocrine, central nervous and hematopoietic systems. The course provides comprehensive studies of nuclear cardiology and PET/CT. Principles for determining diagnostic value of imaging results are presented in the laboratory setting. (4 semester hours) (3-1-0)
    • NMT 550. Clinical Practicum I. A supervised introduction to the clinical environment providing experience with in vivo and in vitro procedures; instrumentation quality control; radio pharmacy; applied radiation safety procedures; and clinical imaging. (3 semester hours) (0-0-3)
    • NMT 551. Clinical Practicum II. A continuation of NM 550. Directed intermediate level clinical practice providing practical clinical experience with in vivo and in vitro procedures; instrumentation quality control; radio pharmacy; applied radiation safety procedures; and clinical imaging. (4 semester hours) (0-0-4)
    • NMT 552. Clinical Practicum III. A continuation of NM 551. Directed advanced level clinical practice providing clinical experience with in vivo and in vitro procedures and therapies; PET/CT imaging and image evaluation; instrumentation quality control; radiopharmacy; applied radiation safety procedures; and department management. (4 semester hours) (0-0-4)
    • NMT 560. Nuclear Medicine Seminar. A review of current literature and research applied to nuclear medicine case studies, providing an overview of various topics in nuclear medicine relating to professional certification. (4 semester hours) (4-0-0)