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. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)

    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. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

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

    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,  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 524. 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 550. 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 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; radiopharmacy; applied radiation safety procedures; and clinical imaging. (Clinical rotation) (4 semester hours)

    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. (Clinical rotation) (4 semester hours)

    NMT 560. 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)