Nuclear Medicine Technology


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  • Course Descriptions

    NMT 601. NUCLEAR MEDICINE FOUNDATIONS.  A study of essential component of 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. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)

    NMT 606. 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. (Lecture) (2 semester hours) 

    NMT 610. 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 management and reconstruction techniques. Medical terminology of nuclear concepts and procedures is presented, including definitions, spelling and pronunciation. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    NMT 612. APPLIED NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING I.  A study of anatomy, physiology, terminology and pathology related to  diagnostic nuclear medicine for the skeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary and endocrine systems. The course presents current uses of radiopharmaceuticals for organ visualization, function and radiotherapy. Principles for determining diagnostic value of imaging results are presented in the clinical laboratory setting. Cross-sectional anatomy is included. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)

    NMT 624. APPLIED NUCLEAR MEDICINE IMAGING II.  A study of anatomy, physiology, terminology and pathology related to diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine for the central nervous system and nuclear oncology. The course provides comprehensive studies of immunology, nuclear cardiology and related PET/CT. Principles for determining diagnostic value of imaging results are presented in the laboratory setting. Related cross-sectional anatomy is included. (Lecture/Lab) (4 semester hours) 

    NMT 650. CLINICAL PRACTICUM I.   A supervised introduction to the clinical environment providing experience with in vivo and in vitro procedures; instrumentation quality control; radiopharmacy; applied radiation safety procedures; and clinical imaging. (Clinical rotation) (3 semester hours)

    NMT 651. CLINICAL PRACTICUM II. A continuation of NM 650. Directed intermediate-level clinical practice providing practical clinical experience with in vivo and in vitro procedures; instrumentation quality control; radiopharmacy; applied radiation safety procedures; and clinical imaging (Clinical rotation) (4 semester hours)

    NMT 652. CLINICAL PRACTICUM III.  A continuation of NM 651. 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. (Clinical rotation) (4 semester hours)

    NMT 660. NUCLEAR MEDICINE SEMINAR. A review of current literature and research applied to nuclear medicine case studies, along with review of didactic and clinical NMT providing an overview of topics relating to professional certification. Factors affecting health policy and healthcare administration are presented. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    NMT 690. NUCLEAR MEDICINE RESEARCH METHODS I. Reinforces the conceptual basis for interpreting professional literature and making evidence-based practice decisions. Both qualitative and quantitative research designs are explored in-depth, and students are instructed in the research process with emphasis on the literature review.  Student groups complete a literature review on a relevant topic under the direction of a faculty advisor. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    NMT 699. NUCLEAR MEDICINE RESEARCH METHODS II.  A continuation of the research process introduced in NMT 690.  Didactic emphasis is on methodology, statistical analyses and the compilation and dissemination of a final research project.  Student groups complete the details unique to their research project under the direction of a faculty advisor. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)