Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine
- Training Essentials
Familiarization with Routine Exams by Observation Regulations and Accreditation
  • Develop a list of common exams, give the exam objectives, the anatomical region of interest, and the physiological aspects studied as well as any indices that are calculated.
  • List and identify the areas of jurisdiction of the various state and federal bodies that regulate the day-to-day practise of nuclear medicine.
  • List and identify the accreditation agencies and their jurisdiction for nuclear medicine.
Routine Clinical Responsibilities General Understanding of Essential Equipment
  • Develop an outline of the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual responsibilities including the responsibilities governed by the agencies as outlined above.
  • Scintillation Cameras Identify the main performance characteristics
    • Identify the main performance characteristics
    • Identify and describe the associated correction schemes
    • General collimator specifications
  • Dose Calibrator
    • Identify the basic principle and construction
    • Identify the use and need in day-to-day operations
  • Scintillation Detector Probes
    • Uses
    • Performance characteristics
  • Well Counter
    • Uses
    • Performance characteristics
Routine Performance Checks and Acceptance Testing Bid Specifications
  • Scintillation Cameras
    • Planar operation
    • Tomographic operation (single and multiple-head systems)
  • Dose Calibrator
    • Accuracy
    • Linearity
      • Constancy
      • Volume variation
  • Scintillation Probe and Well Counter
    • Calibration
    • Energy resolution
    • Efficiency calibration
  • Develop bid specification for a scintillation camera and computer (list the differences for a multi-head system).
Patient Dosimetry Radiation Shielding and Protection
  • Absorbed doses for common exams
    • Sources of information
    • Identify the critical organs and target organs
  • Fetal dose calculations and estimates
  • Identify the typical use of shielding in nuclear medicine
    • Personnel
    • General public
    • Equipment shielding