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NMS4021 - Nuclear medicine and radiopharmacy 1

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Marilyn Baird


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts that underpin imaging the human body using radiopharmaceuticals. The unit is modularised to enhance learning outcomes for and utilises a combination of both clinical application (organ or structure to be imaged) and the radiopharmaceutical requirements to provide the context for learning. The unit contect will be given structure and direction by addressing specific learning objectives related to:
1. Introduction to radiopharmacy; 2. Considerations in imaging; 3. Diagnostic imaging procedures; 4. Image processing and display. Each module will also cover the relevant safety and quality issues and documentation standards and practices.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate and communicate a broad and critical conceptual understanding of:

  1. The basic principles of radiation protection with regard to the use of unsealed sources;
  2. The regulatory framework governing the use of radioactive materials and chemicals in the health care setting;
  3. The characteristics of a radiopharmaceutical for diagnostic imaging purposes;
  4. Simple activity and half-life calculations for a range of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals;
  5. The construction and function of the 99M0/99mTc radionuclide generator;
  6. Radiopharmaceutical quality control techniques;
  7. Radiopharmaceutical administration techniques, and patient contraindications;
  8. Normal and altered radiopharmaceutical biodistribution;
  9. Imaging studies of the lungs, skeletal system, renal system and biliary system.
  10. Patient preparation, positioning and care, including identification processes, acquiring a patient history, checking for contraindications.
  11. Image acquisition parameters including equipment checks, peaking, collimator selection, counting statistics, patient care; and
  12. Image quality and image storage.


Two clinical action plans of approximately 1500 wds and accompanying comparative reports of approximately 1500 wds 40%
One 180 minute end of semester written examination comprising radiopharmacy calculations, short answer radiopharmacy and clinical questions, and extended answer clinical oriented questions 60%


Entry to Master of Medical Radiations (Nuclear Medicine)